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10. Henry Weaver house, 1910 10. Henry Weaver House, 1910
142 Adelaide Dr.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Architect: Milwaukee Building Company / Meyer & Holler

Henry Weaver House, 1910

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photo by Michael Grandcolas

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Henry Weaver House

Egyptian Theatre - Milwaukee Building Company

A residential Craftsman-style home characterized by a horizontal appearance augmented by low pitched roofs with overlapping gable ends and overhanging eaves; exposed rafters, braces, and beams; natural materials, including dark wood shingles contrasted with brick or stone porch walls, piers and prominent chimneys. Enjoy the tall windows with Moorish horseshoe-shaped transoms, which merge the interior with the natural landscape. You will also enjoy the decorative geometric bracketing of the beams and porch posts. Built in 1910-11 for Henry Weaver, this home cost $13,250 – more than most houses of its time.

In Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide, David Gebhard and Robert Winter describe it as “A gorgeous example of Craftsman orientalism, worthy of Charles and Henry Greene.”

The property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built for retired hotel proprietor Henry Weaver, who owned several Midwest hotels. It was through his hotels that Weaver heard about the Milwaukee Building Company. Not only did the company design and built the Henry Weaver House, they are also responsible for the Isaac Milbank House next door, among other prominent pieces of property around Los Angeles. The Milwaukee Building Company was established in 1905 as a design and contracting firm, with Mendel Meyer as President, Gabriel Holler as Vice President, and Julius C. Schneider as Secretary. In 1911, they were joined by Phillip W. Holler. The MBC later became the Los Angeles-based architectural office of Meyer & Holler, an eminent firm responsible for the design of numerous Southern California landmark buildings.

Meyer & Holler designed the Movie Studios in Culver City at 9336 Washington Blvd. A December 1, 1918 Los Angeles newspaper report described the studio as a "motion picture plant that looks like a beautiful Southern estate.”
In Long Beach, they designed the Ocean Center Building, Walkers Department Store and the Fox West Coast Theater.

Their most famous designs were the Chinese and Egyptian Theaters in Hollywood. Meyer & Holler took their place in Hollywood history when they designed the Egyptian Theatre - the first true movie palace built in Hollywood. Completed late in 1922, impresario Sid Grauman hired the architectural firm to design the structure and the Milwaukee Building Company to build it. At this point in time, Meyer & Holler were one of the most esteemed architectural firms in Los Angeles.