AKA: Haufe, John and Mabel, House, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Newsom and Newsom, Architects (firm); Joseph Cather Newsom (architect); Samuel Newsom (architect)

Dates: constructed 1889, demolished 1954

3 stories

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357 South Hope Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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The Hildreth House stood on the northwest corner of West 4th Street and South Hope Street.


Architect Joseph Cather Newsom (1857-1930) designed this large Queen Anne Style residence for the clergyman Edward T. Hildreth and his wife, Sarah. The family owned the house until about 1908, when it was converted to serve as a rooming house.

Building History

The Hildreth Family resided in the house between 1889 and about 1908. During this period, Edward and Sarah's son, Richard (born c. 1879 in IL), died in an accident nearby in 1893, and Sarah Geraldine Carpenter (born c. 1842 in Chicago, IL) died soon thereafter of breast cancer on 09/16/1895. The Hildreths had four children, including Philo C. (born c. 1867 in Edward Theodore Hildreth (born c. 1870 in IL) and a daughter, Faith M. (born c. 1886 in IL). Elder son Edward would work as an electrician in 1892. (See Ancestry.com, Source CitationCalifornia State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 20; FHL Roll Number: 976929, accessed 03/19/2018.) Edward Hildreth lived on until 1907, nursed in his declining years by Faith, who passed away the following year.

Edward Hildreth attended the Chicago Theological Seminary, graduating in 1861, and became an ordained minister on 12/30/1862. (See Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012, accessed 03/19/2018.)

Prior to living at 357 South Hope, the Hildreths resided in El Paso, CO, in 1885. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; NAI Title: Schedules of the Special Census of 1885; NAI Number: 2791166; Record Group Title: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007; Record Group Number: 29; Series Title: Colorado State Census, 1885; Series Number: M158; NARA Roll Number: 4, accessed 03/19/2018.) They lived at 245 South Hope Street in 1888.

As indicated by historian Christina Hill, the house was subdivided into a rooming house after 1908. Its 18 rooms were separated into 9 living units c. 1939. (See Christina Hill, On Bunker Hill.org, "Hildreth Mansion 357 South Hope Street," published 04/28/2008, accessed 03/19/2018.) Between 1946 and 1952, John and Mabel Haufe owned the house and restored it, renaming it "Hopecrest."


The Hildreth House was demolished c. 1954. (See Christina Hill, On Bunker Hill.org, "Hildreth Mansion 357 South Hope Street," published 04/28/2008, accessed 03/19/2018.) The Security Pacific Bank Building was built on its site, which later was renamed the "Bank of America Center."

PCAD id: 21855