While I have a copy of the original building permit for a house at 2384 Loma Vista Pl. designed by Charles Whittlesey, I have new information that places considerable doubt on whether or not it is a Whittlesey design. Martin Schall (you-are-here.com)
recently sent me a copy of an article (author unknown)
alleging that the ‘Whittlesey-designed house was moved; the ‘Gaudiesque House’ the work of a ‘bunch of hippies’
. I leave my original comments about the house; acknowledging our lack of information. If new details come to light, I will be happy to share them with you!Chicago Architect Charles F. Whittlesey
, was an early proponent of a distinctively ‘southwestern’
style of architecture which combined native elements and materials from Spanish and Indian culture; resulting in a style loosely referred to as ‘Spanish-Pueblo’
. Other noteworthy early proponents of the style include Bertram Goodhue, Charles Lummis and Louis Curtis.
Among the noteworthy projects completed by Whittlesey during his career, the Alvarado Hotel in downtown Phoenix (demolished in 1970) was perhaps his most famous. Considered Phoenix’s most famous historic landmark, the loss of the Alvarado Hotel to the wrecking ball was one of the great architectural disasters of the twentieth century. The Livermore-Whittlesey-Jew House located in the Russian Hill Vallejo Crest Historic District in San Francisco is another fine example of the Pueblo Mission Revival Style designed by Whittlesey in 1912.
Originally built as a duplex in 1921, The Burrows Residence stands in striking departure from Whittlesey’s main body of work. Fanciful and playful, the Burrows Residence is no doubt inspired by the influence of Antoni Gaudi, the great Barcelona architect, a contemporary of Whittlesey’s.
The Burrows Residence is located at 2384 Loma Vista Place in the Edendale Terrace Tract of Silver Lake.