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Mayan-Aztec a la Lloyd Wright
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Neighborhoods Photo Collection;
McCulloh, Douglas
Part of the Los Angeles Neighborhoods Project. Made accessible through a grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 200-
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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
Los Angeles Neighborhoods Collection;
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

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