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