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Architect James Stevens designed the contemporary style house for Hiram Kwan in 1977. Hiram Kwan served the Chinese-American community as an immigration attorney, law professor and businessman. He traced his roots in America to the last century and before that to Canton in southern China.

After serving in World War II and working as a federal prosecutor under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Kwan started a private law practice specializing in immigration issues and setting new arrivals up in business by pooling their modest resources into investment groups.

Kwan also was the principal organizer of the Los Angeles branch of the 1,500-year-old Quan Kwong Yee Family Association, a social hall for senior citizens offering card playing and Mah-Jongg during the day and 35 cent dinners at night, which functioned as one of the primary social and welfare organizations in Chinatown. The two dozen or so associations formed a federation known as the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association functioning as
city hall, courthouse and community service center.

The architect did his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma where he studied under Bruce Goff. After completing his degree at University of Southern California, he worked in the offices of mid-century masters John Lautner and Hal Levitt. I spoke with the architect on the phone today who promised to send me more information on where I might find more examples of his work.

The four bedroom, four bath house in 2729 sq.ft. is currently (July 2014) on the market listed for sale for $1,995,000, and described in the listing as "two story glass wall and soaring ceilings take full advantage of the sweeping views and fill the house with light. Living room, formal dining room, updated kitchen and bedroom with 1.5 baths complete the lower level. Master suite and den overlook the living room showcasing the grand scale. 2 additional bedrooms with bath are located on opposite side of the second level. 3 different exterior seating areas provide ample opportunity for entertaining."

The Kwan Residence is located at 3576 Lowry Road in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Architect Carleton M. Winslow Sr. designed the Italianate Revival style house for English transplant William H.B. Kilmer and his family in 1922. Winslow was a highly regarded architect of the 20th century having won many important commissions including the Carthay Circle Theater (1926); the El Prado Complex in San Diego's Balboa Park (1935) and locally, St. Mary's of the Angeles Church on Finley Avenue. Since 1979 the house has been the home of actress Marilyn Devin. She appeared in First to Fight (1967), Tiger, Tiger (1969) and The Money Jungle (1967).

The Kilner House is located at 2031 North Oxford Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house was featured on the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) Historic Trees/Historic Homes Tour benefiting the restoration of the historic deodar cedar trees located on Los Feliz Boulevard.


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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Hollyhock House for Aline Barnsdall, a wealthy oil heiress and patron of the arts who wanted to establish a gathering place for artists. The house is named for the hollyhock, Aline's favorite flower; the plant appears throughout the house in geometric abstraction. During the construction of the house, the architect was away in Tokyo supervising the building of another of his projects, the Imperial Hotel. He left the supervision to one of his trusted apprentices, Rudolph M. Schindler, who stayed with the project through its completion.

The house has undergone a recent renovation and was open to the public for the first time today for a formal ribbon-cutting, February 13, 2015. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council Member Mitch O'Farrell along with a host of dignitaries were on hand for the festivities.

The Hollyhock House is a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument (No.12) designated in 1963. Located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

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Architect William J. Summerbell designed the Mediterranean Revival style house in 1925. Before 1930, the house was home to two notable actors; Louis Stone and Larry Fine. Stone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 for The Patriot. After that, he appeared in seven films with Greta Garbo, spanning both the silent and early sound periods. He appeared in more than 80 films between 1914 and 1953. Stone, who was prematurely gray, played mature roles that fitted his appearance. He later moved to Hancock Park where he met a tragic end by suffering a heart attack while in pursuit of some pranksters who had thrown his lawn furniture in the pool.

Larry Stone played the role of Curly in The Three Stooges and is remembered for his trademark zany hair style.

The four bedroom, five bath home in 3844 sq. ft. is currently (June 2014) on the market listed for sale for $3,299,000 and described in the listing as " beautiful Mediterranean Estate embraces the Montecito lifestyle. Gated, private , completely restored with sensitivity to original character .This home features dark stained hardwood floors, high ceilings and perfect floor plan for family and entertainment. Grand open kitchen with center island and new appliances. Upstairs with four bedrooms featuring romantic Master with pitch ceilings and spa like bath. Lower level hosts perfect space for media room or entertaining. Large sprawling grassy yard with outdoor fireplace + dining area covered by lushly planted ramada. Tropical foliage surrounds secluded private pool and lush living Cabana".

Located at 2355 Aberdeen Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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The English Tudor Revival style home was the residence of screenwriter James Kevin McGuiness according to the 1930 census. McGuinness started at Fox, where he worked on such early talkies as The Black Watch (1929) and Salute (1929). In 1933, McGuinness signed on at MGM as a screenwriter, associate producer, and, eventually, full producer. Seldom working on shooting scripts, he was essentially a story man: his original treatment for the Marx Brothers' 1935 vehicle A Night at the Opera bears little resemblance to the finished film, beyond a handful of characters and situations. By 1941, McGuinness was the second highest-paid writer in Hollywood, ranking just below Jo Swerling.

In 1930, he directed his only film, The Woman From Hell; and in 1943, he briefly turned to acting (after a fashion) as narrator of the patriotic documentary The Battle of Midway. After leaving MGM in the late 1940s, he wrote and produced at Columbia and RKO until his retirement. Beyond his work on such memorable films as Tarzan and His Mate (1934) and China Seas, McGuinness is most famous (or, in some circles, infamous) for his reactionary right-wing political beliefs. Upset with the liberal slant of the Screen Writers Guild, McGuinness and several other conservative writers formed the studio-approved Screen Playwrights union, and during the 1947 HUAC investigation of alleged communist activities in Hollywood, "friendly witness" James Kevin McGuinness fingered several of his fellow screenwriters as potential subversives.

The four-bedroom, five bath residence in 3200 sq. ft. is currently (May 2015) on the market listed for sale for $2,999,000 and described in the listing as "Enter through a round castle turret to find a jaw dropping wood-beamed Cathedral ceiling. Gothic arches, crown moldings and center medallions that encircle feudal fixtures. A grand fireplace beckons to all. Nestled in a mythical Sherwood Forest this stately yet welcoming Tudor Revival home in the sought after Los Feliz hills has the added bonus of a magnificent, lovingly tended "'secret garden." Large pines and California Oaks encircle a flat green space and a large dark bottom pool - perfect for private family gatherings or grand scale entertainment; detached pool house offers a wet bar, half bath and dry sauna. Modern conveniences have been carefully mixed and disguised with the true and original style of this Tudor estate".

Located at 2559 North Catalina Street in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

UPDATE: The house was purchased by burlesque queen Dita Von Teese for $2.83 million in August 2015.

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