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Times' new feature on LA history

September 6, 2008 |  9:59 am


Photographs from the Huntington Library

Above, the Shorb home, torn down by Henry Huntington to make way for his mansion.

Lost L.A.

Today's Home section introduces a new feature by Sam Watters. The first installment looks at the history of the Huntington estate in San Marino.

421313371 The Shorb home after extensive remodeling.
Watters writes: When the current mortgage crisis ends, someone is going to make big bucks. Probably developers. They'll buy up houses at bargain prices, tear them down, put in a subdivision and start hawking mortgages. The L.A. investor's rule: It's never about the house; it's about the land. Few knew this better than speculator Henry E. Huntington.

Daily Mirror readers will recall an earlier post on Huntington's project