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Lost L.A.: Krotona -- Hollywood's utopian oasis

February 8, 2010 |  8:32 am

For proof of just how long Hollywood has held the dreams of the hopeful, read Sam Watters' latest Lost L.A. column on Krotona. Nearly a century ago, the dream wasn't a six-picture deal or a YouTube stunt gone viral. Krotona was a place where the faithful hoped to study philosophy, appreciate nature, celebrate performance and otherwise live a fuller life -- all in the Hollywood Hills. Among the architecture that rose here: the home of New York transplant Grace Shaw Duff, above, which blended California Spanish with Moorish design. To find about what happened to Krotona and to Duff's house, read Watters' story

-- Craig Nakano

Photo from the collection of Sam Watters


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