This post originally appeared in the March 2014 problem of Architectural Digest.Do people discover houses
? Or is it sometimes the other method around? In the case of motion picture manufacturer John Goldwyn, the Los Angeles home he shows his partner, hotelier Jeff Klein, would appear to have actually been awaiting him all his life.The popular L.A. couple– Goldwyn’s current credits consist of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, while Klein’s Sundown Tower Hotel and its Tower Bar are a nexus of Hollywood power– live in a relatively modest 3,500-square-foot home developed in 1951 by architect John Elgin Woolf. A supporter of Hollywood Regency design, Woolf created houses for a lineup of stars, among them Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, and Mae West. Walled courtyards, theatrical entries, and mansard roofs(a particularly fanciful touch in a horizontal town)were just a few of the architect’s signatures.Goldwyn and Klein’s home is among a trio that Woolf developed on the Hollywood Hills estate of filmmaker George Cukor. The director of such classics as The Philadelphia Story, Gaslight, and My Fair Woman, Cukor started his expert life managing an upstate New york city theater business, which is how he fulfilled Frances Howard, a gorgeous but undistinguished Midwestern actress who would go on to wed famous film producer Samuel Goldwyn, John’s grandfather.”My grandma relocated to New York in the ’20s and found her way to Flo Ziegfeld,” Goldwyn says. It was while she was working as a vaudevillian starlet that she fulfilled and fell for Cukor, and her future was set on its inevitable course.
“For obvious factors, that relationship did not last,”Goldwyn says, noting that the director was, in the terminology of the time, a confirmed bachelor. However their platonic relationship lasted a life time, and it was Cukor who counseled her to accept a spontaneous marital relationship proposal from the studio chief.” George stated, ‘Frances, you do not have much of a career as an actress, however you have an extremely bright future as Mrs. Sam Goldwyn,”‘states John.”So it’s entirely serendipitous that I’m now living in a home once owned by a guy my grandmother genuinely enjoyed.” Though the history of the cottage he and Klein occupy is maybe less storied than that of others on the Cukor estate(“Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy lived in the one next door to us,”Goldwyn states), it was a little-altered gem coming from the interior designer Greg Jordan when Klein experienced it in 2004.”I went as a guest, and I stated to John,’That’s my ideal home,” ‘Klein recalls.”In L.A. so lots of things are huge and McMansiony, however this house has plenty of Woolfian techniques that make it feel both comfortable and grand.”By the time Klein obtained the house from Jordan’s estate in 2006, “it required work, “he says. After a temporary mismatch with another designer, Klein and Goldwyn relied on designer Madeline Stuart. Understood for an ensured eclecticism, Stuart had actually dealt with Goldwyn and his previous spouse years earlier on a house in the Hancock Park area. “Some designers bully their method through an interior, determining and decreeing, “Stuart says.”This house was clearly going to be an assemblage of ideas reflective of John’s and Jeff’s histories and perceptiveness.”Hence a 1970s Karl Springer table from Klein’s grandma is juxtaposed with a set of Louis XVI– style chairs in the dining area. A chinoiserie table acquired at the age-old San Francisco store Gump’s in the ’20s by Goldwyn’s maternal grandfather, the Pulitzer Reward– winning dramatist Sidney Howard, sits atop the den’s pale Khotan rug. In the
living space, an Andy Warhol print that was a gift from Goldwyn’s dad joins a pair of Robert Longo lithographs of contorted figures, the very first art work the two guys gotten as a couple. And sprinkled throughout the home are tailor-made home furnishings by Stuart, including the master suite’s smooth stainless-steel four-poster. If the subtle way in which this varied array comes together appears nearly offhand, Klein says that was constantly the objective.”I can’t stand anything being too decoratory, “he says.There are exceptions. Paying unabashed homage to a sitting space of well known swank in Cukor’s William Haines– embellished residence( the residential or commercial property’s primary house), the males changed a former garage into an oval screening room replete with plush suede walls, copper crown molding, basket-weave parquet floor covering, and sumptuous velour seating. “I believed it would be cool to have our version of that room in this cottage,”Goldwyn says.While Cukor was understood for orchestrating formal Sunday lunches in his chamber, Klein and Goldwyn prefer to host little, casual dinners. Normally they start in the good-looking garden prior to migrating to the screening room– since in a movie-industry town, that’s exactly what you do.”The entire Hollywood ending of us living here was unintentional, “Klein says. Of course, everybody knows Hollywood endings seldom are.