Wolford House James de Long 1947

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Wolford House James de Long 1947

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LOTS of pictures. What a gem ! It takes a long time to get the house together; first we have to wade through the somewhat disappointing landscaping. But we get the whole interior at last (no pics of a bath ?) and it's sweet.

Lots to be learned from this one . . .

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Notice in photos 11, 25, 29, 30, 38, 42, 49 (living room) 22, 28, 30, 44 (bedroom) "L"-shaped panes of glass. Jim had PPG specially manufacture the difficult cut in 1947. With modern technology, it's probably not such a challenge these days. Both sheets of glass have remained undamaged through 3 very rough earthquakes.

The house, like the neighboring DeLong house for Robert Schofield, is made entirely of redwood. However, the garden wall at Schofield where it extended beyond the protection of the roof overhang, deteriorated quickly, so Jim replaced it with ironwood. Not sure if the same was done at Wolford.

Photo 29 shows how narrow the living room is, just 9' + the bump for the couch. Because of all the glass, it doesn't feel small at all. When I saw it, the owners had reupholstered the couch in hunter green, which was horribly dark. The current upholstery is closer to original.

The metal gate and fence in #16 and 23 is not original to the house.

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I'm not crazy about the metal additions. The "yard" needs work -- but it's wonderful to see the house itself in such good shape. I find the bedroom composition pleasing.

I suppose a floor plan is out of the question . . .

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Post by Craig »

You could do a lot worse on AirBnB at $200 a night! Sea View Lane is one of the most charming streets in LA as far as I'm concerned. I visited the Scholfield House as part of a tour and if the Wolford is half as nice it must be very nice indeed.
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Is James DeLong related to Wright and Goff scholar David DeLong?

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no

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This living room is a nugget of gold ...



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What is fascinating about the living room is that it is only 9' (plus the bay) wide, yet feels roomy.

At 1:15 is a view of one of 2 L-shaped slabs of glass that PPG cut specifically for the house.
The inside corner of such a cut is very susceptible to cracking, yet here it is, close to 70 years on, through one earthquake after another, intact.
A glimpse of same from the exterior is seen at 1:45, just a sliver on the right.

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