Nestled between Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue is a charming collection of bungalows known collectively as Spaulding Square. This eight-block area east of Fairfax Avenue was developed by Albert Spaulding. The majority of the homes were built between 1916 and 1926. Film actors, directors and technicians fueled early sales in the development finding the location a convenient midpoint between the studios and Beverly Hills. Lucile Ball and Hugo Haas are among the notable former residents.
In Los Angeles neighborhoods like Spaulding Square are preserved as HPOZs or Historic Preservation Overlay Zones. An ordinance was passed in 1979 allowing for the creation of HPOZs. Today there are 24 throughout the city and many more under consideration. In these districts proposed exterior changes and additions are reviewed thus preserving the ambiance and architecture of the community.
We just sold this beautiful Colonial-style bungalow on one of Spaulding Square’s picturesque tree-lined streets. The house was built in 1918 for silent film actor Tom Wilson. It remained in the family for over 90 years until its recent sale. Tom Wilson was an ex-boxer turned actor who performed in over 250 films during his career. His credits include Birth of a Nation and several Charlie Chaplin films. It’s also rumored that he was an un-credited member of the Keystone Kops.
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