Noted for his larger Los Angeles Projects such as the National Register Los Altos Apartments, and the Windsor Hotel, Rust also designed a number of residential projects in varied vernacular styles of the period. First owner Don Linder may have been a developer because not long after completion of this Hollywood Deco style residence, it was sold to actor/producer Anderson Lawler.The property’s association with the glamour, romance, and history of Hollywood’s “Golden Era” commences with Lawler’s ownership. A letter of Lawler’s to his mother on Sam Jaffe’s letterhead professes that Marlene Dietrich helped to purchase original furnishings for the house. After moving back to New York, Lawler apparently rented the house to Orson Welles who lived there with Rita Hayworth. Lawler’s friends and business associates included such notables as Jack Warner, Darryl Zanuck, Gary Cooper and William Haines. Subsequent owners include opera singer Rise Stevens, actor Lex Barker, and director Ralph Levy. Since 1955 the property was owned by writer/director/producer Paul Harrison and his wife Betty. The property is now being offered by the Harrison family.Gated, discrete, private, and backing up to a rare Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy open space preserve, the residence still serves as the quintessential Hollywood Hills hideaway. Set within spacious gardens, the property continues to reflect the glamour of the era: Deco details such as the staircase, round kitchen window, curving bookcases and shelves, tiles, fixtures and original fireplaces enliven the style. The residence incorporates: formal entry, master bedroom with a corner fireplace, vanity built-ins and direct access to the rooftop sleeping porch, two additional bedrooms, library, office, service entry, laundry, 4 baths, and a guest room with a separate entry. There is direct access from the full size, two-car garage.


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Edward Butler Rust, AIA
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  • Address 7975 Woodrow Wilson Drive
  • City Los Angeles
  • State/county CA
  • Zip/Postal Code 90046

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