While trailblazing architect Paul R. Williams embraced a range of architectural styles, he is best known for his glamorous historic revival-style homes that still possess the glamor of Hollywood’s bygone era.
Dubbed the “Architect to the Stars,” Williams’s client list included Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz, Cary Grant, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few. Villa Andalusia, an elegant Italianate Palazzo with Spanish-Moorish adornments, was designed for Fred Olson, founder of the Olson’s Bakery chain.
A long gated drive takes you up to an oversized motor court where the 1931-built residence stands surrounded by .88 acres of park-like grounds in Los Feliz.
The six-bedroom and eight-and-one-quarter-bath residence opens to a formal two-story entry with Williams’s signature curving staircase. The home’s original tilework, hand-carved wood and stonework, marble, and plasterwork detail remain.
Light fills the interior through original-looking windows and affords access to the outdoors via multiple French doors. There’s a home theatre, along with private separate guest quarters.
While most of Williams’ residential work can be seen in Beverly Hills, Hancock Park, and his once personal residence in LaFayette Square, none are as romantic and magical as Villa Andalusia. Currently asking $11.5 million, 2612 Aberdeen Ave is being shown to prequalified buyers only.