Sunday, July 1, 2007

No. 40 - Hale House

Hale House

Hale House
c. 1887
Heritage Square, 3800 Homer Street – map
Declared: 6/15/66

Well, I reckon if your goal is to live in a home that would attract tons and tons of attention, you could do much worse than setting up camp in this Queen Anne/Eastlake house.

Hale House

What mysterious origins! Depending on whom you believe, either W.R. Norton or Joseph Cather Newsom designed this home for George W. or Charles Morgan, who may or may have not been a real estate man, in or around 1887. The original location was at 4501 North Figueroa Street (then named North Pasadena Avenue).

Hale House

The fact it looks like a ‘CW’ and not a ‘GW’ in this shield above one of the front windows would make one think it was Charles and not George who was the original owner. Could it be a ‘G’? Or a 'P', even?

Hale House

In 1901 or 1906, James and Bessie Hale (Jack Smith wrote the couple met while Bessie was waiting tables at the Pico House downtown) moved into the home, but that was sometime after the building had moved down the street to 4425 North Figueroa Street. Bessie lived until nearly ninety years old, and she ran the building as a rooming house until the late 1950s. A Hale niece owned the home until the city bought it for a dollar in 1970 (a pair college students were living there as official caretakers at the time). It was moved to Heritage Square Museum at a cost of about $25,000 that July.

Click here to see a shot of the Hale House either right before or right after the big move.

Hale House

The redwood-framed building has been meticulously restored to its original colors (I couldn’t think of any other reason for this palette). The inside, too, with its five fireplaces, has been restored and stocked with period pieces from the turn of the last century. I would’ve taken pictures of the interior, but indoor photography is forbidden at Heritage Square because… well, I don’t know why.

Hale House

The Hale House is also on the National Register of Historic Places.


Jack Smith. “‘May Day’ for an Old House” Los Angeles Times; February 2, 1970, pg. A1

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Anonymous said...

I've visited Heritage Square and must say, its worth the $10 admission. I went on a Saturday, there were about 10 in my group and the place is fascinating. The Hale House was clearly everyone's favorite. I'd highly recommend it.

Floyd B. Bariscale said...

I agree, anonymous. The tour I was on lasted a good two hours, and there are seven HCMs on the site. The next on the list is No. 65, the Valley Knudsen Residence.

Anonymous said...

incredible, excellent tour and so nice to see the beautiful restorations and homes of that era ...

Jerry - W. Ave 43 said...

Growing up on Mt. Washington 320 W. Ave 43
I remember the house across from the Luck Supermarket.(in the very late 50's and early 60's).

Once when speaking with the lady who owned the house I was invited inside to look around. The thing I remember is the upstairs bathroom tub. It had a wood frame and was plated on the inside with cooper plating.

I also remember the girl who lived down on the other corner in a large white house. I remember her name was Antionant (sp;) Suarez and she was real pretty.

Now live in Alabama and hope to see LA and the Hale House once more it is time to depart.

Jerry Lopez