AKA: Rosewall, Beverly Hills, CA; Hellman, Irving H., House, Beverly Hills, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: De Wolfe, Elsie, Interior Designer (firm); Muzzie De Wolfe (interior designer)

Dates: [unspecified]

3 stories

1600 Lexington Road
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-2808

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Roland P. Bishop (1855-1950), President of Bishop and Company, sold this house to Irving Hellman, Vice-President of the Hellman Commercial and Savings Bank in Los Angeles, for $200,000 in 03/1920. The Beaux-Arts Classical house had three stories and 20 rooms, the interior designed by the firm of Elsie de Wolfe; its facade was of brick trimmed with granite brought from New England. Six full-height Corinthian columns support the balustraded portico. Bishop was an avid gardener, and he laid a garden c. 1915 that included a large number of tropical and semi-tropical plants. Hellman added a swimming pool/waterfall to the property. After Bishop sold this residence, he lived for much of the time in hotels; he resided at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with his wife and son, Roland P. Bishop, Jr., in 1930 and died in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1950.

Kentuckians Roland and William T. Bishop, Jr., started Bishop and Company, a major food manufacturing company in Los Angeles, CA, in 1887. (It was originally known as the "Southern California Confectionery Company.") By the 1920s, it grew to employ almost 1,000 employees and had one of the most diversified product lines of any manufacturer in the U.S. It originally made crackers and cookies, but expanded into candy, baked beans, jams and ketchup. William Bishop was the public face of the company, while Roland operated behind the scenes.

PCAD id: 9202