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Contractor feels the 'love' in reviving Williams' Preminger House
Contractor feels the 'love' in reviving Williams' Preminger House

Gary Drake of Drake Construction has been the principal contractor on six Paul Williams houses, including the 1925 American Colonial Revival residence Williams originally designed for director Otto Preminger's brother Ingo. Renovation of the 5,500-square-foot Brentwood house, which included a new master suite, office, kitchen, baths and outdoor work, is Drake's favorite. The owners "wanted it to be authentic," says Drake, who worked with architect Perry Hill on the house. "They went the extra mile — everything was thoroughly researched and then matched exactly." The Preminger House was a showcase, with a grand spiraling staircase in the entry,...

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