Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Davidson, J.R., Architect (firm); Julius Ralph Davidson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1938-1939

2 stories

Lamesa Drive
Santa Monica, CA

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Davidson designed this International Style residence for the MGM film composer Herbert Stothart (1885-1949) and his family; the client enjoyed financial success in the movie industry working 25 years for studio mogul Louis B. Mayer (1884-1957). At this time, Davidson practiced from an office at 1417 Comstock Avenue in West Los Angeles, CA.

The Stothart house was laid out on a long thin plot, with a tennis court located in the front yard next to Lamesa Drive. A motor court led to the front door of this lavish two-floor residence. All rooms facing the back yard--including the baby's room, son's room, dining room, living room and exterior living room-- opened onto a continuously paved rear terrace. A swimming pool, shaped in the form of a rounded right angle, occupied the northwest corner of the patio, and was a grand focal point for the hardscaped back yard. The exterior living room was located to the northeast of the interior living room. A servant's wing occupied the dwelling's southwest corner and was composed of two bedrooms for maids off of a servant's dining room, pantry, back hall and kitchen. Bedrooms were located upstairs, two of which had terraces that surveyed the front and back and back yards. Davidson dated the perspective drawings for the Herbert Stothart House from 1937.

PCAD id: 16316