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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Z.H. Weller Residence, Zachariah Weller, Builder c.1895

The house that contractor Zacharia Weller built for his family in 1894 is a fanciful example of Queen Anne architecture with Eastlake and Moorish influences thrown in for good measure. Born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 1847, Zachariah Weller moved to Waterloo, Iowa, in 1864, where he worked as a building contractor and, later, a hardware merchant. Weller moved to Los Angeles in 1887 where he continued in the hardware trade, forming a partnership with E.A. Hoffman under the name Hoffman & Weller. The two entered the oil business together. In early 1893, Zach Weller bought from Charles Stimson a pair of lots in the Beauvoir Tract for $2,000. The home which was originally located at Angelina and Boylston was moved to its present location when oil wells began proliferating around the area. Weller died at the house on June 21, 1903 after a long illness.

The house was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1979 (No. 223). Located at 824 E. Kensington Road in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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