The Spadena House

The Spadena House

Gregory Han
Jul 5, 2007

[Since we've got a shortened week, here's the second post from one of our three finalists. Abby shares a bit of Los Angeles fairy tale architecture with us...]

In the city of make-believe, we all deserve to live in our dream house. The Spadena House in Beverly Hills is one of my favorites in this genre, plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. With its Brothers Grimm architecture, it's easy to see why it's been nicknamed "The Witch House." Without too much effort, I can picture this as the place where Hansel and Gretel nearly met a disastrous end.

Designed and built in Culver City in 1921 by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver, it was later moved to its present site and became the home of the Spadena family. Even now, while undergoing a renovation of its interior and an update of its landscaping, it's still eye-catching. I love the spider web on one of its wooden doors, the multi-paned windows and the steeply peaked, shingled roof. I have always wondered what the inside looks like but it's a private house so I'll have to content myself with the pleasure of gazing at the exterior. But, even without a peek at the house's contents, I think it's enchanting; a little bit of magic to cast a spell over my day.

Spadena House Southeast Corner of Carmelita Avenue and Walden Drive Beverly Hills
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