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E.L. Cord residence, "Cordhaven"
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Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Designed by architect Paul R. Williams, this sprawling residence covered 32,000 square feet and contained 16 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms, which were outfitted with 14-carat gold and silver fixtures, a pool house and stables. Sadly, Cordhaven no longer exists; developers tore it down in 1963 and split the lot into 13 parcels. Industrialist E.L. Cord founded the Cord Corporation in 1929, which controlled over 150 companies, including American Airways; he sold the corporation in 1937. He also owned several of the first radio and television stations in California and Nevada. E.L. Cord died from cancer in 1974 in Reno, Nevada. Architect Paul R. Williams' career spanned six decades (1920s to 1970s) and designed or added to 3,000 projects, including The Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium to name but a few. He designed so many homes for celebrities that he came to be known as "The Architect to the Stars." He died in 1980 at the age of 86 from complications of diabetes.
Exterior view of Cordhaven, Errett and Virginia Cord's beautiful colonial-style mansion located on the corner of Hillcrest and Doheny in Beverly Hills.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 7018 4x5; A-009-766 4x5
Cord, Errett Lobban,--1894-1974--Homes and haunts
Dwellings--California--Beverly Hills
Streets--California--Beverly Hills
Driveways--California--Beverly Hills
Lawns--California--Beverly Hills
Trees--California--Beverly Hills
Colonial revival (Architecture)--California--Beverly Hills
Lost architecture--California--Beverly Hills
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Williams, Paul R.,1894-1980

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