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13. Henry Weyse/Charles Morris house, 1910 13. Henry Weyse/Charles Morris House, 1910
401 Ocean Ave.
Architect: Robert Farquhar

Henry Weyse/Charles Morris House
photo by Michael Grandcolas

Earlier photo

Front view
photo by Michael Grandcolas

At the time this property was constructed, the west part of Los Angeles was basically a few roads between the city and Santa Monica. Wilshire was a dirt track, meandering toward the ocean. Sunset (then called Beverly) ended at the west edge of Hollywood.

This was one of the properties that helped to bridge the gap between here and there. This unique two-story residence designed by architect Robert Farquhar combines elements of the Colonial Revival and Craftsman Style for attorney Henry Weyse. This one-of-a-kind residence is shingled, with a brick paved entry porch defined by Tuscan columns. A rounded bay, topped by a stick railed balcony abuts the porch to the north, balanced by a second, smaller bay to the south. Shutters flank most of the six windows. It looks like it could have been built in the ‘50s.

Architect Farquhar may be best known for being chief architect of the Pentagon in Washington D.C., but he was also the son-in-law of the City of Santa Monica’s founder, John P. Jones. Farquhar became the most regionally prominent local architect of his time, and has done many prestigious buildings in the Los Angeles area, including the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the Pasadena Museum of History and the California Club.

Two properties that Farquhar designed have been named Los Angeles Historical Monuments. These include:

Canfield-Moreno Estate
1923 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Los Angeles Historical Monument

The Canfield-Moreno Estate (a.k.a. the Danziger house and the Crestmount), is a two-story, Mediterranean-style country villa. In 1923, architect Robert D. Farquhar designed the 22-room main house and detached cottages for Daisy Canfield Danziger. She lived with her husband, actor Antonio Moreno.

California Club Building
538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Los Angeles Historical Monument
Completed in 1930, this Farquhar-designed “Beaux Arts” building features Roman face-bricks and granite and tufa stone trim.