Sam Watters' latest "Lost L.A." column reveals the story behind map mogul Andrew McNally's Egyptian room, pictured here in a photo that dates to 1898. Writes Watters of the octagonal room:
Pierced screens and ogee arches along the walls glowed in shades of tangerine, gold and azure blue. Colored glass in a brass lantern shimmered, illuminating decorations essential to every fashionable Oriental parlor: a hookah pipe, inlaid ivory tables, stools and a recessed, embroidered banquette.
Watters' look at historical design through the lens of contemporary culture appears on the first Saturday of every month in the L.A. Times.
Photo credit: Archives of the Pasadena Museum of History