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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fern Dell, November 25, 2011

Fern Dell is a favorite destination of ours in Griffith Park! Here we can take a leisurely stroll through the canopy of sycamore trees and appreciate the tranquil beauty. More than 50 varieties of ferns are said to exist here along a winding trail.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dr. B.C. Coleman Residence, Harry H. Whitely, Architect 1926

Architect Harry Hayden Whitely designed the Spanish Revival style house for Dr. B.C. Coleman in 1929. It is currently the home of actor Danny Bonaduce. The architect also designed the John M. Blank Residence at 1950 N. Edgemont Street (1928); the Captain Harry M. Rubey Residence (1920) on Commonwealth Avenue, the McGowan House for Film Director Robert F. McGowan located at 1928 N. Western Avenue (1929) and.a home for Ceramicist Laura F. Anderson on Edgemont Street in 1928.

Located at 4039 Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Victor Shertzinger Residence, Mark Daniels, Architect 1921

Architect Mark Daniels designed the Mediterranean Revival style house for Film Director Victor Shertzinger in 1921. Shertzberger directed many films, beginning in the silent era, including the "Road" pictures, featuring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Born in Pennsylvania, he studied music at Brown University and the University of Brussels. A well-known concert violist and symphony conductor, he got his start in the movie business by composing the score for the film, "Civilization" in 1916. By the time of his death in 1941, he had directed 87 films and written thirteen musical scores in addition to numerous screenplays.

Shertzinger lived the celebrity life to the hilt. He drove a Duesenberg, while his wife could be spotted in a chauffeur-driven Pierce Arrow. He was credited with bringing music to the silver screen, composing the first accompanying score for "The Tick Tock Man of Oz", followed by "Pretty Miss Smith", "If I Had You" and "My Daddy Knows". He later turned to directing; among his many stars were Dorothy Dalton, Pauline Fredrick and Mabel Normand.

Located at 4120 Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.