Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

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

Dates: constructed 1941

2 stories

1550 San Remo Drive
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA 90272-2739

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Building History

Architect J.R. Davidson (1889-1977), a German-Jewish immigrant, designed this dwelling for the noted writer, Paul Thomas Mann (1875-1955), his wife, Katia Pringsheim ([1883-1980] a German-Jewish woman whom he married in 1904), and their four daughters and two sons; Mann won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929 for his novel, Buddenbrooks. Following the consolidation of power by the Nazis in 1933, Mann left Germany for Switzerland; he then emigrated to Princeton, NJ, where he lived from 1938-1941. He resettled in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, where he resided from 1941-1952; during the McCarthy Era, Mann became disillusioned with life in the United States, and returned to Zurich, Switzerland in 1952, where he died of heart failure in 1955. (An earlier iteration of this record indicated that Mann himself was Jewish which was inaccurate. Thank you to Crosby Doe for correcting this error in an email to the author on 11/25/2016.)

PCAD id: 4054