Monday, March 31, 2008

Historic Garvanza

Historic Home in Garvanza
On Saturday, my good friend Rhoda and I attended an estate sale in historic Garvanza, a section of Highland Park.
I found some interesting data and photos online about this house:
The SAME House, Before Restoration, photo by Lindsay William-Ross
"The home at 200 North Avenue 66 is known as the Dr. Williams Residence, named for its 1936 purchasor. It was thought to have been built prior to 1900 and had many owners before the noted physician bought it. Dr. Henry Smith Williams "wrote more than 50 books on medicine, birds, science, and nature. Under an assumed name, Williams also wrote scientific detective stories using a doctor as the hero" (Treasures of Garvanza). He also painted from nature and many of his illustrations are viewable in museum collections. The home is currently undergoing a massive restoration."....Lindsay William-Ross on LAist.
Well, the house HAS BEEN restored. It's amazing. The items we were perusing for purchase belonged to a designer. There were boxes and shelves of props, trinkets, paintings, books, furniture and other decorative items. We both managed to find a few things.
Standing in line, waiting to get in was most interesting. We bumped into some friends and others interested in the history of Los Angeles. It was a most fascinating morning.
After the sale, we went over to Galco's Market to stock up on some soda pop. Then, we motored over to Eagle Rock for lunch at the Oinkster. Details to follow.

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8 Comments:

At 3:22 PM PDT, Blogger chez shoes said...

That house is *right* down the street from where I just moved from! I've often wondered what it was like inside.

 
At 6:33 PM PDT, Blogger Kath said...

Ooohhh, the dragonfly lamp, that amazing sofa, the wall color in the hallway - what a feast for the eyes!

 
At 10:00 PM PDT, Blogger mehitabel said...

Gee, my house looks just like that "before" picture! I hope the finished product will look as good as that one.

 
At 10:14 AM PDT, Blogger Will Pillage For Yarn said...

Ellen, where do you find out about all these great happenings and estate sales? You are always out doing something fun in some interesting part of LA!

 
At 10:20 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Rainy!

I'm on every mailing list around town for art shows, estate sales and music gigs. You have to go to these events first to get on lists. I read the L.A. Weekly and the Pennysaver ALOT!

 
At 11:37 AM PDT, Blogger Mary Minton said...

Illuminating piece on Garvanza. I had been looking for some info on the Henry Smith Williams whose name is on an etching I have of our family homestead in the Mojave Desert. This article led to the first information I had that THE Dr. Williams of science history and medical fame was also an artist, who lived in the LA area in the 1930s. My etching, dated 26 Nov 1939, is titled "Chateau Cain, Mojave Desert"
Thanks for the clue!

 
At 11:09 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Mary,

Glad I could help in your sleuthing about Garvanza!

Ellen B.

 
At 9:20 PM PST, Anonymous mia's free mp3s said...

Interesting post. Enjoyed the photo slide too.

 

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