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Earl C. Anthony House
Los Angeles, California, 1909-10
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Earle C. Anthony House
Los Angeles

The house designed in 1909 for Earle C. Anthony, a Packard automobile dealer and radio station owner, had many of the characteristics of previous Greene & Greene commissions but without expensive materials and elaborate details. The house plan is L-shaped and designed for an urban lot like the Thorsen house in Berkeley, but with spaces to better suit a Southern California lifestyle. The exterior has split-shake cladded open porches and a terrace like the Blacker, Gamble, and Pratt Houses, but with a simpler interior. The living room fireplace has a raised hearth of thick paving tiles and resembles the design used for the Irwin house living room. Off the living room, a small den provides a secluded retreat and French doors offered outdoor access and garden views. A darkroom was included in the original plan but not executed. Additions of leaded art glass, a more expansive sleeping porch and breakfast room was commissioned in 1913. Lanterns and living room mantel carvings were designed at this time but not executed. In 1917, a bath was added to the residence and a garage constructed. Anticipating the sale, relocation of the house, and redevelopment of the expensive Wilshire Boulevard property for a multi-story luxury apartment building, Mr. Anthony asked Henry Greene to design a model and topographical map of the property in 1921. In 1922, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kerry moved the house to its present site in Beverly Hills.