Why this house is called Time Capsule of Hollywood?

Why this house is called Time Capsule of Hollywood?

Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. designed, Mayan-inspired Art Deco 2,700-sq.ft home originally built in 1928 for Louis Samuel, the personal secretary of silent film star Ramon Novarro

This Lloyd Wright Jr. designed, Mayan-inspired Art Deco home has a rich history of 90 years. The structure is witness to rise and fall of several stars. With a perfect indoor-outdoor flow, this home exemplifies the Southern California lifestyle. The iconic landmark was designed by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright has many breath-taking art deco features. The central living room with polished concrete floor, a dining room with casement style windows and doors and kitchen with completely updated and modernized with white, hardware-free shaker style cabinetry and thick slab marble counter tops – all point to a celebrity lifestyle of yesteryears!

This house is originally known as Samuel Novarro House but is also considered as Time Capsule of Hollywood. Do you know why?

That’s because many Hollywood stars have lived here and that too at the peak of their career. This 2,700-sq.ft home was originally built in 1928 for Louis Samuel, the personal secretary of silent film star Ramon Novarro. However, the master and his secretary fell apart as the latter was charged with embezzlement of cash and Ben-Hur star Novarro took back the possession of the house. Novarro again hired Wright to expand the house and gardens. Novarro also called on legendary art director Cedric Gibbons to design the Art Deco interiors.

Novarro lived in the home until the late 1930s. Since then many Hollywood heavyweights like Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins have lived in the house. Actors Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci to have lived here at various times.

The property, a landmark in Los Angeles, is designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument by the city.  Most importantly, the house is up for sale and the asking price of $4.295 million is small one considering the property’s rich history and beautiful and immaculate design.

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