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Home of the Day: A Paul R. Williams original in Hancock Park

Home of the Day: A Paul R. Williams original in Hancock Park
The French Provincial-style home, listed for sale in Hancock Park at $4.599 million, was constructed during the Great Depression and originally sold for around $15,000. (Keller Williams Realty)

This Depression-era home, designed by celebrated Southern California architect Paul R. Williams, boasts authentic charm and original architectural details — including a secret Prohibition-era room complete with bar.

Originally commissioned by Gabriel and Mary Duques, a prominent Los Angeles couple, the Hancock Park residence was designed for entertaining. A traditional entry with a sweeping staircase opens to a step-down living room with vaulted ceilings. A large dining room and a mahogany-paneled library retain the air of a bygone era.

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Address: 340 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles 90004

Price: $4.599 million

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Built: 1933

Architect: Paul R. Williams

Lot size: 13,006 square feet

House size: 5,888 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms

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Features: Original details; formal entry; molding and wainscoting; hardwood flooring; three fireplaces with original mantles; decorative mahogany wood paneling; formal library; secret Prohibition-era room with bar; dining room; kitchen with butler's pantry; master suite with dual bathrooms, dormer windows; original built-ins; large back yard; includes original 1932 blueprints

About the area: The median sale price for single-family homes in the 90004 ZIP code in August was $1.275 million based on 17 sales, according to CoreLogic. That was a 26.1% decrease in median price compared with the same time last year.

Agents: Steven Aaron, Keller Williams Beverly Hills, (310) 432-6588

To submit a candidate for Home of the Day, send high-resolution color photos via Dropbox.com, permission from the photographer to publish the images and a description of the house to neal.leitereg@latimes.com.

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