Thursday, February 27, 2020

This Could Be Ours!

Our Spanish Revival bungalow, Mid-City, Los Angeles. Built in 1926

We recently took a trip to Palm Springs, California, home of Mid-Century Modernism architecture. I LOVE the style. I'm even more fond of a slightly more livable style that blended with MCM, called Hollywood Regency, also called Regency Moderne. I've read a number of books about the HR architectural style and I'm certain that we could transform our little Spanish Revival bungalow (1926) into a Hollywood Regency beauty!
A house very similar to our house. 8937 Ashcroft Ave., WeHo, remodeled by Larry Limotti and Ross Worsley in 1961-62.

We have a book called "Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Diving: Reflections on Building Production in the Vernacular City" by John Chase (2000).  In the chapter entitled, "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?  Convention Versus Invention and the Survival of Period Revival in Southern California"  and also the chapter called "Knocking Off The Knock-Offs" there's a wonderful discussion and lots of photos of Hollywood Regency makeovers from Spanish Revival style in Los Angeles during the 1960's and '70's.  There are some excellent pictures of the progression of these remodels.  This has given me the idea that we could definitely do this to OUR HOUSE!!!  There aren't any Regency style homes in Wilshire Vista.  Our house would be the first Regency in the neighborhood!  We would be trendsetters! 
Remodel in progress, Ashcroft Ave., WeHo
Completed Transformation. FABULOUS!
The landscaping for a Hollywood Regency home is big on upkeep. Check out those manicured post/bushes in front of the house! Also, an investment should be made in some white Grecian or Roman statuary.
The Ashcroft Avenue house in West Hollywood is STILL THERE, looking as beautiful, or even more lovely, as when it was remodeled in the 1960s. I LOVE that the owners added that Hollywood Regency touch to the new fence!
8937 Ashcroft Ave., WeHo today. LOVE the fence, gate and landscaping added!

Of course, it would be preferable to move into a home that is already this style of architecture.  Just transfer the money into my account to purchase a home in Trousdale Estates, LaDera Heights or Palm Springs! Thank you.

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