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Beverly Hills News – Cultural Heritage to Recommend Six Landmark Designations

Posted Saturday July 12, 2014 12:39 pm

By Victoria Talbot

Beverly Hills’ Cultural Heritage Commission will recommend six new properties for landmark designation following the regular quarterly meeting last week, including the Ahmanson Bank and Trust Building at 9145 Wilshire Bl., the “Heegaard-Writers and Artists Building” at 9507 Santa Monica Bl., the Caldwell Residence (“Hughes Crash House”) on N. Linden Dr., Hillhaven Lodge on Benedict Cyn., and the Joe E. Brown residence on Walden Dr. by Master Architect Rene Riverre.

The Ahmanson Bank and Trust, now First Bank, is a Millard Sheets designed building built in 1959, prominently displaying Sheets’ iconic murals on the facade.

The Heegaard-Writers and Artists building was built in 1924 as a collaboration between architects Roy Seldon Price and the firm of Gable and Wyant by A.C. Heegaard and J.F. Hohn in a Spanish Colonial Revival style.

The Caldwell Residence is also referred to informally as the “Hughes Crash House” because it was damaged in 1946 when aviator Howard Hughes crash-landed a plane he was test-flying. The Wallace Neff home is controversial as the first property to be recommended for landmark status despite the owners’ objections.

Hillhaven Lodge was designed by Master Architect Gordon B. Kaufman in 1927 by real estate developer Charles Hopper as a part of his large estate. Subsequently, it was the home of actor Ingrid Bergman and her husband Dr. Petter Aron Lindstrom. Bergman was living in the home when she began a love affair with director Roberto Rossellini, who lived in the Hillhaven Lodge guest house. The scandal shattered her career and marriage. She married Rossellini in 1950. Director Richard Quine and celebrity manager and producer Allan Carr also lived in the house.  The current owner, Brett Ratner, is also a director, and has enthusiastically collaborated with celebrity designer Waldo Fernandez in the renovation of the property.

On Walden Dr. the former home of actor Joe E. Brown built by Rene Reverre has been painstakingly restored and lovingly cared for by the current owners.  Built in 1930 this Spanish Colonial Revival was Brown’s residence during the height of his career.

The Cultural Heritage Commission is also testing a beta form of an app for a self-guided walking tour of landmarked properties.


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