Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Hunt and Grey, Architects (firm); Elmer Grey (architect); Myron Hubbard Hunt (architect)

Dates: constructed 1906

2 stories

406 Adelaide Drive
Santa Monica, CA 90402

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The noted architectural team of Hunt and Grey designed this residence for the Santa Monica-based real estate developer Robert C. Gillis and his family.

Building History

Pasadena-based architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey designed this residence for the owner of the Santa Monica Land and Water Compnay, Robert Conran Gillis (1864-1947). R.C. Gillis, born in Nova Scotia, migrated in 1892 to Santa Monica, CA, where his brother William worked as a druggist. R.C. became a newspaper man, purchasing half interest in the Santa Monica Outlook newspaper by 1895. In that year, he also diversified into real estate sales, a venture that made him wealthy.

Hunt and Grey produced for Gillis a two-story ranch house design, L-shaped, whose rear facade was oriented on a garden. The house utilized an L-shaped Mexican corredor, an outdoor hallway that, in the warm Southern CA climate, could also serve as an intermediate, indoor-outdoor living space.

PCAD id: 17268