Qualified Condition

October 9, 2008

This House is Everywhere

Filed under: Building Plays Well With Others — qualifiedcondition @ 6:13 pm

As I wander around the Mid-Wilshire Mid-City Mid-Beverly Mid-anything that was built up between 1915 and 1930 I have this uncanny sense of dejavu.  Have I been here before?  Am I on 4th Avenue or Alexandria?  It’s this house!  It’s everywhere.



I suppose one could say the house is a toned down version of the Italian Renaissance Revival mansions that were also popular back in the day.  It seems that many of them were built by a fellow named Colf, but I suppose the plan is basic enough that it could have been copied, perhaps not even with intent.  There are some variations, but for the most part they’re all the same.  Hipped roof, symmetrical box shape, little snubby-front porch, decorative windows on the second floor over the door.  Do all of these people know that there are hundreds of other Angelenos scattered about living in the exact same house?  Shouldn’t there be a club or at least an annual progressive dinner?  T-shirts?  Anything?


1 Comment »

  1. That last house confuses me because it’s windows are going for the English country look, but it’s stucco is Scandinavian-flesh-colored. Which means they found it on the Woops! table at Home Depot.

    Comment by xanthy — October 22, 2008 @ 4:15 am

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