Thursday, November 22, 2007

No. 88 - Kinney-Everhardy House

Kinney-Everhardy House

Kinney-Everhardy House
1902 – Sumner P. Hunt and Wesley Eager
1401 Alvarado Terrace – map
Declared: 7/7/71

The last of the half a dozen houses designated Los Angeles landmarks on July 7, 1971 (along with a church down the street, No. 89), this home was built for Arthur W. Kinney. McGrew and Julian’s Landmarks of Los Angeles says Kinney owned an iron works and was a director of the Oceanic Oil Company. The lot cost $3,550.

I ran into the owner outside the house when I was there taking pictures. He told me, despite being encouraged to carve up the property into even more units, he’s still got it divided into just four apartments, pretty much the way it’s been since the 1920s.

Kinney-Everhardy House

So, a quick re-cap of these past six homes, all in a row, on Alvarado Terrace.
Kinney-Everhardy House

Finally, here’s a paragraph from a 1902 Los Angeles Times article describing the Alvarado Terrace development:
No building is allowed to be erected on the tract that will cost more than $4000, and all must be set back forty feet from the street. With the building restrictions, which are to be rigidly enforced, and its fine location, this tract is undoubtedly destined to become a choice site for elegant homes. The street improvements are being made at the expense of the present owners, and are the best, and the plan of having curved streets, which conform to the contour of the gently-undulating hill on which the terraces are laid out, is one that many will find very attractive. Alvarado Terrace street is a wide and beautiful avenue, and at its entrance on Pico street are placed three granite columns, each supporting a lamp. A vacant plot of ground at this entrance is to be planted in palms, grass and flowers, and other attractive features, that will tend to beautify the tract, and must necessarily add to the desirability of the lots as building sites, are being planned by the owners.
One last shot, this of the Kinney-Everhardy House along with the Raphael House.

Kinney-Everhardy House/Raphael House


“Doings of Builders and Architects.” Los Angeles Times; Apr 6, 1902, p. A1

Up next: Central Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church


Anonymous said...

Beautiful homes! Hopefully Santa Clause buys me a camera and a bike so I can ride around and be nosey like I want to be.

VP81955 said...

That neighborhood was actress Carole Lombard's first Los Angeles home. In late 1914 Jane Alice Peters (Carole's birth name), moved to 1425 South Hoover with her two older brothers and her mother, emigres from Fort Wayne, Ind. They lived at that address until 1920, when they moved to 605 North Harvard Boulevard; they later moved to 138 North Wilton Place, where Lombard, eventually a Paramount contract player, lived until marrying William Powell in 1931.