The Gillespie House was designed by Frederick A. Hanson in the French Normany style in 1926. Hanson designed four other houses in the immediate vicinity including the next-door residence for himself (the Frederick A. Hansen Residence, 5657 Tuxedo Terrace, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 1031). Hanson was the principal architect of the Forest Lawn Mortuaries. At Glendale Forest Lawn, he designed many of the well-known buildings, inclduing the Hall of the Crucifixion, the Wee Kirk O' the Heather and the Great Mausoleum.