The library home

This project was a rare opportunity to restore and build onto a historically designated property originally designed by Wallace Neff in 1926

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Architect: Studio Pali Fekete architects 

Photography by Roland Halbe and John Linden

Displaying a grandeur that catches the eye and a simplicity that makes it both comfortable and easy to live in, the Petitfils Residence was one of Wallace Neff’s earlier works built in the 1920s. 

The owner, Edward Petitfils, originally arrived in Los Angeles in 1903 after working in the Oklahoma Oil Boom at the turn of the twentieth century. He became wealthy in both the oil and building industries and ultimately became the President of Richfield Oil Company [now known as the Atlantic Richfield Company, (ARCO)].

The Petitfils Residence, built in 1926, composed of a two-story L-shaped residential building, exhibiting character-defining features of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The home consisted of a central east-west gabled structure with two slightly offset gabled wings to the north and south, and a garage with two arched doors in the north wing.


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The large sheets open up to reveal the interior

It has a hipped gabled roof with red clay tile, multi-paned fixed and casement windows, and a smooth stucco surface.

The original front porch facing Vermont Avenue is of a round wooden structure supported by two Tuscan columns and two Tuscan pilasters, with a tile floor and an arched decorative steel and glass entry door. 

The current main entry from the parking area is also flanked with Tuscan columns while a two-story turreted bay was situated at the east end of the living room parallel to the driveway.

Stone finials accentuated several small parapets and an arched porch is situated along the south-west side. Several windows have decorative wrought iron grilles while other windows are behind concrete grilles and a small stained glass window is in the entry coatroom.

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Vaulted ceilings add a level of elegance not found in many homes

In 1929 a disastrous fire destroyed a good portion of the residence as recorded with a heroic tale on their canine companion, Babe, and Neff was brought back to redesign a major part of the home. Neff redesigned the house with a single-story plan and successfully blended the new portions to the original building design. 

The newer portions blend so well with the original house that there are no transition lines or variations of architectural style in the structure.

Jul 13, 2017
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