Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Coate, Roland E., Sr., Architect (firm); Dolena, James E., Architect (firm); Haines, William, Interior Designer (firm); Woolf, John Elgin, Architect (firm); Yoch, Florence, Landscape Architect (firm); Roland Eli Coate Sr. (architect); James E. Dolena (architect); William Haines (interior designer); John Elgin Woolf (architect); Florence Yoch (landscape architect)

Dates: constructed 1935

2 stories

Beverly Hills, CA

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George Cukor House


The Cukor House became the center for movie deals and gay culture in Southern California from 1935 through the 1960s. James Dolena designed the house working with former actor/interior designer William "Billy" Haines in the early 1930s.

Building Notes

George Cukor (1899-1983) was the director of such films as Gone with the Wind (1939, although he was fired from this production), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight, (1944) and My Fair Lady (1964); interiors of his well-known Beverly Hills residence were done by William "Billy" Haines (1900-1973); the house was notable for its bold Hollywood Regency Style exterior.

Building Notes

Landscape architect Florence Yoch designed the gardens for Cukor's residence.


Movie mogul George Cukor (1899-1983) added onto his 1935 house designed by architect James Dolena several times. In the late 1940s and 1950s, Cukor added three small guest houses on his Beverly Hills property, designed by John Elgin Woolf and Robert Koch Woolf. The pair also worked here on rooms belonging to his mother in the early 1960s.

Interior designer Lynn von Kersting, of the firm Von Kersting/Smith, remodeled the Cukor House for later owners in the late 1990s.

PCAD id: 432