Deronda Drive – Hollywood Hills, California

Project Description

Home Restoration &  Remodel. Old Hollywood Hills mansion that needed upgrade and restoration. This home was approximately 1 mile underneath the Hollywood sign.

Not much is known about George Garfield Dowey, a Los Angeles architect during the years when Hollywoodland was conceived of and built. What is known is that the homes he designed in the 1920’s, under the aegis of Woodruff and Shoults, were exceptional. One of the survivors of that age, built in 1927, is the residence at 3206 Deronda Drive.

In the intervening all-but 100 years, this lovely Mediterranean-style villa fell victim to neglect, until almost all that remained of the graceful ‘lady’ was the original tile in the bathrooms and kitchen.

Fortunately, the damages to the home were very correctable, and the new owners committed to making an ingenue of this dowager.

Wooden arched French doors and an oversized, wooden elliptical window replaced their aluminum counter-parts, effectively opening the lovely ‘eye’ of the home, framing, as was the original intent, the beautiful vistas of the Hollywood Hills.

Now that she’d had her eye-lift, it was time to address the ‘face’ of this still-faded lady. After years of patching and painting, the original Mediterranean /Spanish texture was hidden by a web of cracks in the walls and ceilings.

Both walls and ceilings received a re-texturing in their original style, with shallow soffits added in the bedrooms. The soffits, typical elements of Mediterranean/Spanish architecture, imbue the rooms with a light-layered, almost flirtish personality.

Over the years, the interior wooden doors had been painted over with multiple layers of paint. A professional ‘strip-tease’ and an application of a rich, walnut stain, in keeping with the darkly jeweled palette of the floors and beamed ceilings, restored them to their original beauty.

Thematic personality was added to the otherwise bland dining room with stained accent beams and their accompanying corbels.

The wonderful original tile in the baths and kitchen had survived intact.

In a home of this style and period, light and contrast play a tremendous role. The dark wood elements are balanced by a classic color palette of whites, creams and light beiges.

As a fitting and final touch to this beautiful, historical ‘lady’, the powder room was done in Pearl White Venetian plaster. Understated, classy and elegant. That is the shimmering and glamorous Lady of Deronda.

Project Details

We were hired to do consulting and work on this restoration, which included all the interior and exterior paint & staining (staining of the ceiling beams, painting all walls, ceilings, doors & trim), and the restoration of existing front door and windows around the house.

Awesome work from these total pros. Super picky and detail focused, these are the guys (and girls) you want if you demand perfection in all stages of work from design to painting, to carpentry and tile. We are professional house flippers in Los Angeles and have use AFF for several projects. All the homes were vintage and they are great at knowing when to restore existing architecture and when to create from scratch I recommend them without reservation. Ken Klawitter

Home Owner

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