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Bradbury House in Pacific Palisades is proposed for listing on the National Register of Historic Places

January 22, 2010 |  7:00 am

The Bradbury House in Pacific Palisades, an early 1920s, two-story adobe designed by John W. Byers and built by the wealthy family that also erected the famed Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles, has been proposed for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The California State Historical Resources Commission will consider the nomination at a meeting today in Sacramento.

Tim Gregory, also known as "the building biographer," and Matt Dillhofer of Pasadena submitted the application on behalf of the owners, Earl W. and Carol Fisher.

Built in 1923, the two-story, 14-room residence sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The city of Los Angeles designated it a historic-cultural monument in 1994.

"It is an excellent example of Spanish Colonial Revival style," said Ken Bernstein, manager of the city Planning Department’s Office of Historic Resources.

Constructed of adobe brick with a thick outer layer of stucco, the house follows a U-shaped plan. The main, two-story facade features asymmetric windows and balconies, as well as blue-glazed tile and tiles with a sycamore design. An enclosed rear patio is lavishly decorated with tiles and carved wood.

The interior includes a two-story entry hall, a main staircase made of oak with a carved railing, a living room with a 12-foot ceiling, exposed beams and a large kitchen with counters and cabinets of quarter-sawn oak.

Lewis L. Bradbury, the wealthy youngest son of a pioneer Los Angeles real estate developer and mine owner, commissioned Santa Monica architect Byers to design a beach home for his family at the northern edge of Santa Monica. Byers, born in Michigan, was self-taught in architecture, and the Bradbury House helped establish his reputation as a master of adobe design.

According to the application, lumber used in the Bradbury House was said to have come from a mile-long wharf that was being dismantled less than a mile away. The wharf at one time was part of Henry Huntington’s planned Port of Los Angeles.

In 1971, noted architect Wallace Neff designed alterations to the house’s garage and guesthouse wing. Seismic work continues under the supervision of Carol Fisher. The Fishers say they intend to enter into a "conservation easement" with a preservation organization to monitor and protect the property in perpetuity.

If the commission approves the nomination, it will be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service.

--Martha Groves

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