Project Description


Designed and built in 1905 by J. Alvin Mathis for the developer duo Poole & Jones, this has been home to several notable Angelenos. First among these was a southern gent, Grantland S. Long who came to Los Angeles in 1871 in pursuit of fortune after fighting in the American Civil War.

Noted publicist and talent agent Paul “Scoop” Conlon, his wife Lillian and young daughter Natalia also made this historical building their home. Conlon hosted many of his clients at this home such early Hollywood luminaries like Alan Hale, Norman Z. McLeod and Robert Montgomery; who directed Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Colon’s daughter Natalie Clare grew up in this home and would herself become a famed dancer with Ballets Russes and the founder of a preeminent dance school.

This historical home was in much need for restoration. Our design was to update the home in a tasteful manner without losing its original historical design but update its floor plan to accommodate today’s families that look for an open and spacious living. The home was meticulously engineered and redesigned to accommodate for an addition, a more open kitchen, a small studio area, bathrooms, and a rear deck. The dark wood pops in contrast with the light paint walls, giving it a clean yet sophisticated look.