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At a time when Hollywood screenwriter Elinor Glyn helped to make a star of actress Clara Bow, for whom she coined the label “the It girl” in 1928, little is remembered of her co-star, Antonio Moreno who appeared with Bow in the film It in 1927. It was Clara Bow’s first starring role; Moreno had already appeared in dozens of films, beginning in 1912, the year of his arrival in Los Angeles during which he appeared in seven films.
Moreno grew up in Gibraltar where he grew up knot a handsome lad of impressive charm, impressive enough to attract the attention (in more ways than one) of two important tourists: Benjamin Curtis, son of US Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis, and Enrique de Cruzat Zanetti (also known as Sheikh Birbal), a leader in the Sufi branch of Islam. Curtis and Zanetti invited the teenager to accompany them on the remainder of their travels with Moreno serving as interpreter to the ailing Curtis. Arriving in New York in 1902, Moreno wasted no time in attracting more patrons, including Charlotte Morgan, a wealthy widow who invited him to live her at her home in Northampton, Massachusetts.
In Northampton, Antonio caught the acting bug after playing in a summer production of the resident stock company, after which he moved with the company to New York City. Charming his way into the company, he made his Broadway debut in 1910, and by 1912 was doing Shakespeare with the touring Southern and Marlow Company. When English director Walter Edwin suggested he might do well in motion pictures, he moved to Hollywood in 1912 and appeared in seven films during the year of his arrival.
In all, Moreno appeared in 140 films, rising to fame as an exotic romantic hero, benefitting from the “Latin Lover” craze begun by Rudolph Valentino. He appeared alongside every dramatic star of the silent era including Mary Pickford, Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Norma Talmadge, Greta Garbo, Pola Negri, Gloria Swanson and the aforementioned Clara Bow.
In 1923 Antonio married oil heiress Daisy Canfield, daughter of Charles Canfield, who with Edward Doheny discovered Los Angeles’ black gold in the 1890s. The marriage was one of convenience, given alleged same-sex inclinations on the part of both. A perception of normalcy in sexual relations would have been especially important for a macho-playing movie star, who like Valentino, had to constantly fend off rumors about his sexuality.
With unlimited funds acquired through the divorce from her first husband, oilman J. M. Danzinger, Daisy hired noted architect Robert Farquhar to design a Mediterranean style villa on the crest of the highest hill in Silver Lake. Christened the Crestmont, the estate would become famous for its lavish parties attended by celebrities, socialites and prominent members of Los Angeles’ Spanish and Mexican era land grant families.
For more on the life of Antonio Moreno, the book, Silver Lake Chronicles: Exploring an Urban Oasis in Los Angeles makes for excellent reading.
Architect William Mellema designed the Spanish Colonial Revival style house for Dr. W. Curtis Brigham and his wife Margaret in 1930. Dr. Brigham was an orthopedic surgeon associated with Monte Sano Hospital, the first modern osteopathic hospital in Southern California, envisioned as the “perfect health recuperation resort”. The hospital, built in 1923 was located on a hillside at the corner of Glendale Avenue and Waverly Drive and closed down in the 1970s.
William Mellema was born in Friesland, a province in the northeast of the Netherlands in 1889. He obtained a Master of Science in Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1916. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1946 until his death on June 7, 1970. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
The 4-bedroom, 4-bath home in 3402 sq. ft. is currently (February 2016) on the market listed for sale for $2,150,000 and described in the listing as “An unexpected Spanish Colonial Revival compound has stood the test of time and appears much as it did when it first built over 85 years ago. Located on over a half acre lot, the house features authentic period details including graceful archways, gathering arcades, entertaining courtyards and red tile roof serving as sweet reminders of a bygone era”.
The Brigham House is located at 2727 Waverly Drive in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has put his Echo Park area home on the market, listed for sale for $1,650,000. Garcetti lived in the house during his term on the Los Angeles City Council, representing District 13. The house, which he shared with his wife, Amy Wakeland has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and is described in the listing as “The Garcetti/Wakeland residence. C. 1953. Daniel L. Dworsky, AIA. Recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and on the cover of Dwell. Sited on almost half an acre of land, this 3 bedroom/2 Bathroom Echo Park Hills Post and Beam home was renovated and expanded by Architect Elissa Scarfano to emphasize its modernist characteristics while making it more comfortable for current living utilizing sustainable materials and greater energy efficiency. PRIVACY, an open flexible floor plan, floor to ceiling windows, myriad Indoor/outdoor living spaces, solar panels, sweeping city and canyon views. Great room with double sided fireplace, Cook’s kitchen, First floor bedroom offers ensuite living area, Master and 2nd bedroom upstairs. With its terraced organic vegetable garden, citrus orchard and easy access to Elysian Park, this rare offering is ideal for hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and gardeners, a calm and peaceful retreat in the heart of LA”.
The Garcetti-Wakeland Residence is located at 2120 Avon Street.
The Silver Lake home of Rev. Malcolm Boyd, the Episcopal priest, author and gay activist, who passed away on February 27, 2015 is on the market and listed for sale as of November 2015 for $898,000. Boyd, who came out of the closet in 1976 at an Episcopal convention in Chicago, was shunned by the church for many years until he was invited to join the staff of St. Augustine by-the-Sea in Santa Monica by longtime friend and the church’s rector, Rev. Frederick Fenton.
The Silver Lake home that he shared with Mark Thompson, who became his husband in 2013 after Proposition 8 was overturned and same-sex marriages became legal in 2013 is filled with memorabilia of Boyd’s remarkable life and is a “must-see_ for anyone interested in the history of the Gay Rights movement. Given its history, the house would seem to be a prime candidate for designation as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. If you would like to see the house before its contents are moved, please give me a call, Michael Locke, Realtor and I would be delighted to accompany you on a visit. I may be reached at (323) 533-3161 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boyd-Thompson house is located at 2517 Hyperion Avenue on the border of the Silver Lake and Los Feliz neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California.
Hyperion 4 is a collection of four new homes designed by Chasen Architects and located in close proximity to the action on Silver Lake’s Sunset Boulevard. The project’s terraced hillside offers panoramic views from the Pacific Ocean to Griffith Observatory. The homes are three stories with covered entry and garage on the first level, open plan living area with decks at the second level, and bedrooms on the third level. Roof decks are provide at the street facing lots, and private backyards at the interior lots. The folding wood French doors offer an expansive connection to the outdoor spaces. Residences start at $995,000 (1582 sq.ft., 2 bed + convertible den/ 2.5 baths/, 2 car garage and roof deck).
Located at 923 Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
Architect James H. “Jimmy” Garrott designed the split level house for himself and his wife Fanny in 1940 and the house next door (at #647) for Judge Loren Miller, an eminent civil rights attorney and close personal friend. Garrott was the second African-American admitted to the American Institute of Architects, after Paul R. Williams. His application was sponsored by Williams and Gregory Ain. He partnered with Ain on many projects; including an architectural office on Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake. During his career he designed more than 200 buildings, including 25 churches. Among his best-known achievements are included the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company (with Louis Blodgett, 1928); St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (as Williams, Garrott & Young, 1929, a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #987); and the Mount Zion Baptist Church (1936).
The James Garrott Residence is located at 653 Micheltorena Street in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles
Modernist architect James H. Garrott designed the house for the eminent civil rights attorney Loren Miller and his wife Juanita E. Miller. The Millers were close personal friends of the Garrotts. Garrott also designed the house next door for himself, at 653 Micheltorena Street. Miller was appointed to the California Supreme Court by Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown in 1964; he served until 1967. He gained a reputation as a tenacious fighter for equal housing opportunities for minorities; arguing some of the most important civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was chief counsel before the court in the decision that led to the outlawing of racial covenant laws.
The Judge Loren Miller Residence is located at 647 Micheltorena Street.
Architect Raul F. Garduno designed the spec house with financial assistance from Peter D. Heiser, an associate he met while studying at the University of California between 1959 and 1960. The original building permit shows Heiser and Garduno as the original owners. Peter sold his Corvette, a gift from his grandmother and used the funds to purchase the lot and one other adjacent lot upon which the house was built.
The two bedroom, two bath home in 1395 sq. ft. is currently (July 2015) on the market listed for sale for $899,000 and described in the listing as “open-air, steel, glass, post and beam home with stunning views of the hillsides, vistas of the Hollywood Sign & Griffith Park Observatory. open-air, steel, glass, post and beam home is irreplaceable! Stunning views of the hillsides, & vistas of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory. Published in the L.A. Times Home Section, & in “Art and Architecture” 1961 edition, this mid-century is perched hillside with 500 sq. ft of decks surrounding the home. Acacia and Pine trees, & lush landscaping, give shade to the back. Walls of glass surround living room in an open floorplan. Designed with views & northwest breezes in mind. There’s even an atrium perfect for an outdoor Zen/yoga retreat. Bring back the master bath to its’ architectural significance with sunken tub & new fixtures. Asian style sliding closet doors throughout. Original walnut cabinetry, cooktop, dbl-oven, & built-in bbq. Bring your Eames chair, Barcelona table & move right in or restore it back to its’ glory”.
Located at 1954 Lucile Avenue.
I have passed this duplex a thousand times, and often wondered about its architectural provenance. I had assumed it was designed by Kemper Nomland Jr. who built several small apartment complexes in the immediate vicinity of a similar nature.
My curiosity was piqued when in a discussion with architect Raúl Garduño’s ex-wife Barbara Trembley, she indicated that she and Raúl lived in the “Rodney Walker Apartments” located at 21953 Effie Street after which I decided that I had to find out for certain the truth of the matter. After receiving a copy of the original building permit from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, I had the pleasant satisfaction of leaning that the Effie Street duplex was designed by none other than Carl Maston for Bob Stevens in 1953. As far as I have been able to ascertain, the Effie Street duplex is the only property designed by Maston in Silver Lake.
Maston designed more than 100 buildings during a long career, including private residences, apartment buildings, shopping centers and large-scale institutional projects. He is best known for his experimental work in designing garden apartments.
The Bob Stevens Apartments are located at 2953-57 Effie Street.
Private, gated collection of modern to to four bedroom townhomes under construction in Silver Lake, designed by Newport Beach-based KTGY Architects. We took the tour of one of the completed four bedroom units today. Prices range from the high $700s to over $1M depending on the size and location in the complex. The complex is described in the listing as “Brand new tri-level town home available for sale with move in scheduled for September 2015. Unit 304/10 is approximately 1,910 square feet, not including the almost 700 SF (approximate) roof top terrace. Residence 3 floor plan with dual master bedroom configuration and extra guest bedroom, total of 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. There is also a large flex space for a hobby room, den or office at the entry. Large kitchen island, modern frame less laminate textured cabinets with wood grain pattern and stainless steel bar hardware, high-efficiency under cabinet lighting, stainless steel sink, stainless steel GE Profile gas range, microwave and dishwasher, Quartz solid surface kitchen counter tops, designer selected interior finishes featuring hard surface flooring throughout living and wet areas, with carpet in bedrooms, custom backslash in kitchen and bathrooms, two tone paint throughout home, convenient interior laundry area Many more designer finishes. Spacious roof top terrace with peek a boo views. Home is close to pool, corner unit. Photographs are of the decorated model home for this floor plan. This community is gated with a pool/spa.
Located at 2753 Waverly Drive
Award-winning architects FUNG + BLATT designed the Jem Residence in a contemporary style, completed in 2014. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath house in 2170 sq. ft. most recently (March 2015) sold for $1,810,500 and was described in the listing as “built by the visionary development team of GROUND UP, Los Angeles this new construction, re-imagined modern home was conceived with a careful recognition and nod to the masters of mid-century and modernist architecture, while still achieving forward thinking new concepts. Walls of collapsible glass and meticulous lines blend a perfectly balanced indoor/outdoor living experience. The highest quality finishes on the market including Miele appliances, Gamadecor cabinets, Bisazza tile and 9″ German white oak flooring to name a few. This project hopes to set an exceptional high standard for new construction in modern homes”.
Located at 1475 Easterly Terrace.
Architect Don Holtz, Holtz Architects designed the contemporary style home in 2015. The three-bedroom, three-bath house in 2087 sq.ft. is currently (July 2015) on the market listed for sale for $1,299,000 and described in the listing as ” New architectural home on a tranquil street in the hills above Sunset Junction with incredible 180 degree views of Observatory, Silver Lake hills, and city lights. Spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, walk out patios, 2-car garage w/direct entry, and back yard with expansive trex deck. Custom high-end finishes throughout. Striking metal exterior siding and corner pocketing window system, pivoting metal and glass entry door, dramatic staircase with solid walnut treads, triple sliding exterior pocket doors on every level, gorgeous walnut floors, stained concrete entry area, and nest thermostat. Chef’s kitchen with separate full-size refrigerator and freezer, pro-rinse faucet, under-mount sink, quartz marble counter tops, and NSX 36″ professional convection 6 burner stovetop. Luxurious master suite with walkout patio, spa like bathroom with steam shower. This home showcases the best of Silver Lake: high design and finishes, tranquil street with incredible views, and steps from Sunset Junction”.
Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Tom LaBonge for the first time at a reception given at the home of J. Russell Brown in the Hollywood Hills in August 2003. The popular Los Angeles councilmember was speaking at Brown’s restored landmark Villa Manola designed by Paul R. Williams. As LaBonge addressed a large audience of about 300 Hollywood personalities in the home’s elegant courtyard. I was impressed by the number he seemed to know on a first name basis, acknowledging the contributions that each made to the community. It was the influence of that evening, and the relationship that I developed with Russ Brown that sparked my personal involvement in community activism, running for (and being elected to) the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in September 2003, founding the Silver Lake Beautification Committee in 2003, and serving as SLNC Vice Chair in 2004. Ultimately, that led to the establishment of my community website, The Silver Lake News and serving as Silver Lake Correspondent for the Los Feliz Ledger. That is my personal testimony how a single event or meeting one person can ultimately change the direction of your life.
The story of Tom LaBonge’s life might start off being entitled, Local Boy Makes Good! as Tom began life right here in the neighborhood, born at the old Queen of Angels Hospital overlooking the Hollywood Freeway (now the Dreamcenter) on October 6, 1953. He was seventh in a lineup of eight boys born to and Robert and Mary Louise Learnihan LaBonge. Tom attended local public schools including Ivanhoe Elementary, Thomas Starr King Middle School before graduating from John Marshall High School in 1971, where he was a standout football player and captain of the team. He would later play for Los Angeles City College and Cal Poly Pomona. His enthusiasm for his hometown was sparked as a teenager when he had the opportunity to serve on Mayor Tom Bradley’s Youth Council. He would later reflect how good it felt, helping someone out. I just new from the very beginning that this was going to be my life’s work-serving the people of Los Angeles any way I could..
After graduating from Cal State LA, he joined the staff of Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson, in 1976, and in 1978 joined Council President John Ferraro’s staff. With Ferraro as mentor, LaBonge learned the complexities of civil service, serving as Chief Field Deputy for 15 years, before being asked to join Mayor Richard Riordan as Special Assistant. After serving the mayor�s office for seven years, he was named Director of Community Relations for the L.A. Department of Water and Power. His record of service within the city council, the mayor’s office and the DWP were exemplary, as evidenced by the many projects he spearheaded and a commitment to getting the job done. He was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council in October 2001, completing the term of John Ferraro, who passed away on April 17, 2001. He was reelected by an overwhelming majority in 2003, and ran unopposed in 2007. He is one of the most popular political figures in Los Angeles with a special, ennobling gift of seeing the importance of every person. It is not unusual to see LaBonge assisting a street maintenance crew with shovel in hand, clearing a mudslide, or stopping by a senior citizen’s meeting to listen and act on a stakeholder’s concern. Even with a non-stop schedule, he seems to find the time to drop by a block party or a neighborhood get-together. Many of us feel lucky to know him personally. His love for the big park in our backyard (Griffith Park) is another reason people are drawn to the man. His stewardship and enthusiasm is evidenced by the frequent community hikes and potlucks he leads into the park, and his response to the devastating fire of May 2007, in which over 800 acres of the historic park were burned.
He is also very much involved in the Los Angeles River Master Plan and envisions the river as one of our greatest undeveloped recreational resources in a city starved for parkland. “My love for Los Angeles knows no limits and I strive each day to be the most responsible and responsive representative at City Hall helping to develop and execute initiatives that will maintain, enhance and beautify our unique communities- both for the 4th District as well as the city at large” he said.
Tom is married to Brigid Manning LaBonge. They live with their two children, Mary-Catherine and Charles in Silver Lake, only a few blocks away from his childhood home. In 2015 LaBonge retired from the Los Angeles City Council due to term limits; in all, he served the city for 39.6 years, fourteen on the city council.
Editor’s Note: I became acquainted with Stephanie Vendig during my tenure on the board of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. Stephanie, along with her pal Bea Gold have been on the forefront of issues affecting Silver Lake’s senior communities, advocating and promoting the Silver Lake Seniors Club (since 2006, the Griffith Park Adult Community Club). As president of the club, I asked Stephanie to tell us her story, as a way of introducing our readers to this very special community servant, as well as spreading the word about the club.
As the president of Griffith Park Adult Community Club, supporting the Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) and its activities for the 50+ population, I wondered how I got to this place of advocacy. Upon reflection, I believe it is no accident that I found this niche. All of my life experiences pointed me in a direction that had a theme of serving community, My life started in Bakersfield in 1936, and I left at 18 years old to go away to college. However, both of my parents’ families were Los Angeles people beginning in 1923 around the Silver Lake and Hollywood areas. My grandparents were part of the mass immigration in the early 1900’s of East European Jews into New York and into Canada. My father became an optometrist, but starting a practice during the depression was difficult in L.A. He answered an ad to open a practice in the back of a jewelry store in Bakersfield. Thus, my parents moved there in 1935. They became very community-minded, joining organizations that helped the community. My consciousness- raising about serving community began with them and their experiences. My college education was varied, completing a BA from UC Berkeley in 1959. In addition to credentials to teach elementary school and the physically handicapped I got a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Cal State, Northridge. Married life started in 1959, and lasted 42 years. My husband, Fred, died in 2001 after an 8-year struggle with bone marrow failure. In 1966, we bought a house in Silver Lake, where we raised our two children David and Joshua. I still live in the same house. David continues to live in Silver Lake raising his three children, and Joshua and his family of two young children live in Bishop. I started teaching in San Francisco in 1961, and when I moved to Los Angeles I began teaching the physically handicapped in 1968. My teaching experience has always been with children who were disadvantaged or had special needs in a variety of ways, so I learned from those children about barriers and the capacity to overcome when the environment supported their efforts. I became involved with LAUSD Special Education as a consultant under the directorship of Bea Gold (previously honored in Who’s Who in Silver Lake). Together, we developed programs serving young children with special needs and training special education teachers. From this experience I learned to help adults learn new skills and to create programs from inception through implementation. In 1980, I left the school district for the nonprofit world and the world of adolescents. I joined the staff of the Youth and Family Center, a social service agency that provided services for pregnant and parenting teens. The focus was on case management, and I was hired to create an infant and toddler program for the children of teen-age parents and to provide parent education. I became part of the management team, and in 1996, I retired from the agency as Interim Executive Director. From this experience, I picked up skills of collaboration with a variety of public institutions and organizations in order to make sure that these adolescents could overcome obstacles, as they attempt to complete their education and become good parents. I retired at age 60 to tend to the needs of my husband as he battled his illness. In 2000, I heard there was going to be a meeting at the Silver Lake Recreation Center to discuss with the Facility Director activities for seniors. Thirty-one of us showed up at the urging of Lia LoMedico who gathered signatures from her neighbors. We were told that we had to organize as a club in order to use the facility. I was hooked. My involvement at first followed the needs of my husband. I began a club newsletter that I still do today. My involvement grew as I began to define my life as a single person, after my husband’s death. Three years ago, I began writing a column addressing senior issues for the Los Feliz Ledger, starting a new career in my older years. Today, I feel very privileged to be president of the club and part of an organization that truly represents grass roots community efforts. The club, now with over 670 members, is doing good things on behalf of older adults in our society. I may be the current leader now, but the success of the club is a result of many wonderful people working together for a common goal. I am pleased I have contributed to its success. The Griffith Park Adult Community Center is located at 3203 Riverside Drive in Los Feliz (next door to Friendship Auditorium). Center Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. The center has a variety of activities including line dancing, creative writing, yoga, guitar, art, table games, and more. A library, a computer lab, and conference room are also available. Delicious, low cost lunches are provided everyday. The club meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for lunch and a program including a gourmet potluck in June and December. With a membership ($10/year) you can take advantage of monthly day trips and receive a monthly newsletter. To learn more, please contact the center (323) 644-5579 or email Stephanie Vendig at email@example.com
Architect Dana Taylor design c.1992; his girlfriend, Kareme Roseme collaborated on the design. Apparently the couple had a parting of the ways; the current owners purchased the home from Roseme as the project was being completed. The ‘X’ house refers to the tension cables that form a two-story ‘x’ on the windows of the front facade. Located at 2262 Panorama Terrace.