|11. Second Roy
Jones house, 1911
130 Adelaide Dr.
Architect: Attributed to Robert Farquhar
Second Roy Jones House, 1911
photo by Michael Grandcolas
Santa Monica Canyon looking up at Adelaide Drive, before 1920 -
Elizabeth R. Sedat
| This large home is the second
of two houses built by Roy Jones, founder and officer of the Bank of Santa
Monica. Jones worked on the City Charter and was influential in the early
economic and political development of the City. Jones helped organize the
Ramina Corporation, one of the most extensive developers of northern and
His father, John Percival
Jones was the founder of Santa Monica. For the record, the Jones, as well
as the Conger families were among the pioneers of California and Nevada.
Thomas Conger became state senator in California. Conger's son-in-law,
John P. Jones, became senator in Nevada before founding the City of Santa
The house is listed in Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide, with the description, “A big, wholesome example of the turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival.”
Subsequent owners have loved and maintained 130 Adelaide. Many of the
owners have been celebrities in their own right, such as silent-screen
heartthrob Ramon Novarro. Another resident was writer Marion Hargrove,
whose chronicle of his World War II service as an Army recruit, was made
into the movie “Private Hargrove.” He went on to become a
busy and prolific screenwriter. His credits range from movies such as
“The Music Man” and “Cash McCall” to a number
of television series, including “I Spy” and “Eight Is
Members of the Jones family owned several subsequent residences on Adelaide
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