Since the 1920's, Hollywood stars have been known as the style setters for society. This was (and is) true when it comes to their homes as well. Wallace Neff, the well known architect to the stars in the 20's and 30's, was the architect that many stars hired to design their homes.
Throughout Beverly Hills and the surrounding area, homes were designed in many different styles that the silver screen set desired with Spanish Colonial and Italian Renaissance being the dominant ones (although there were many built in both English and French styles). Some were quite opulent while others were very simple--I guess depending on the actors lifestyle.
Even in the 1950's, movie stars bought up the houses that were built 20-30 years earlier for former stars. Most all of these homes are great examples of Period Revival architecture. Some of today's stars are following suit like Diane Keaton and Reese Witherspoon.
The photographs here are Spanish-style homes that were built in the 20's in Beverly Hills and the surrounding area except for Reese Witherspoon's which is in Ojai outside Santa Barbara.
Rudolph Valentino's Falcon Lair, with a steel pennant with a "V" above the entrance
W.C. Field's house in Encino
Wallace Berry's Spanish Baroque style house
Reese Witherspoon's recent purchase in Ojai
Producer Joe Pasternak's Spanish-style on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills
Diane Keaton's new remodel
Many of these photographs come from Mark Wanamaker's collection, the Mark Wanamaker/Bison Archives. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While there are obviously many more, these are some of my favorites in the Spanish style. In future posts I'll cover the interior and exterior products that are appropriate for these type of homes, although if you look at my post on lighting for Spanish Colonial houses any of those would be perfect for these houses. I'll cover appropriate roofs, stucco finishes, tile, furniture, mantels. Be sure to check back.