The Spanish Colonial Revival house that Octavius Weller Morgan built in 1929 on a double lot in the Beverly Grove neighborhood is exemplary of this quintessentially Southern California style and a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
From the front, a trio of low-pitched tiled gables rise above the home's horizontal lines. Wrought-iron light fixtures and large casement windows with iron grills stand out against smooth, white stucco.
Beyond a deeply recessed entryway and a paneled wood door, the foyer reveals dark oak floors, exposed chocolate-colored beams, wrought-iron fixtures and wall niches. To the right, next to the formal dining room, the powder room looks like something out of one of Morgan's theaters with its black-and-white tiled floors, a vanity area and privacy stall.
To the left of the entry, a cozy library has recessed bookshelves and carved moldings. A stained-glass window opens to the living room, and the hand-scored plaster ceiling contains brown and blue hues that shift with the changing light.
The vaulted-ceiling living room features a fireplace, full-length windows and double doors leading to a large courtyard that is the home's focal point. It features a swimming pool and spa, a fountain, an oversized fireplace and a long promenade.
Three of the home's four bedrooms face the main courtyard, including the master, which also has double-doors leading to a smaller, private courtyard. The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings, two walk-in closets and a large vanity area with built-in dressers. The original bathroom tile is bright yellow with black lining.
The kitchen has tile a shade of light green turquoise, soapstone counters and a new soapstone centerpiece that was modeled after the original. The new floor is rolled linoleum that also mirrors the original material. Off the kitchen, a large butler's pantry is outfitted with mahogany-covered prep areas. The one significant structural change was the removal of a wall that has opened the kitchen to a small, family room.
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