James Garrott Residence, James Garrott AIA 1940
James Garrott Residence, James Garrott AIA 1940

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