AKA: The Crag, Angeles National Forest, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Hunt and Eager, Architects (firm); Abraham Wesley Eager (architect); Sumner P. Hunt (architect)

Dates: constructed 1899

Angeles National Forest, CA

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Lawyer and outdoorsman Henry W. O'Melveny (1859-1941) and his wife, Marie Antoinette Schilling (1861-1962), used this San Gabriel Valley house as a weekend getaway spot from about 1900 until 1933. Located in what would become the Angeles National Forest, O'Melveny purchased 350 acres of wooded and mountainous land in 1897. He commissioned the architectural firm of Hunt and Eager to design a rustic retreat where he could entertain family and legal colleagues with fishing and hiking for about 36 years. The O'Melvenys utilized the summer camp until the area was submerged by the construction of the Morris Dam northwest of Azusa, CA, completed in 1935. O'Melveny was an avid gardener, and planted many flowers, trees and crops in and around his retreat. (See Cecilia Rasmussen, "A Man Who Found Peace in the Hills," Los Angeles Times, written 10/02/1995, accessed 02/17/2017.)

PCAD id: 20909