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Title supplied by cataloger. Photographer's caption reads, "Three Mexican gardeners spend a day a week working at the 1926 Sowden House, thinning the Bird of Paradise and hacking at the banana plants. In 2001, owner Xorin Balbes, moved into one of his other Hollywood houses - the 1920 mansion that MGM Studios built for silent film star Norma Talmadge. Armed with a carpet and window-treatment fortune, he commenced renovations at the Sowden House. He installed a stylish kitchen, courtyard swimming pool, an oval stand-alone stainless steel tub, a walk-in steam shower. Then Balban began hosting sumptuous parties for gay causes. Originally designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, the place now feels like the ultimate Mayan-Aztec-inspired party palace."
1 photographic print :b&w ;36 x 24 cm. on sheet 38 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00081636 Los Angeles Neighborhoods Collection; GPC_b4_f2_i13 CARL0004974197 http://22.214.171.124/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/3802
Mansions--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles) Architecture--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)--Mexican influences Dwellings--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles) Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Los Angeles Neighborhoods Collection photographs Wright, Lloyd,1890-1978