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Whimsical storybook homes have roots in Hollywood

By in Press Enterprise on August 28, 2017

By Suzanne Sproul

  • Harry Oliver designed the Tam O’Shanter restaurant on Los Feliz Boulevard in Glendale. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

  • The Witch's House at Walden and Carmelita in Beverly Hills epitomizes storybook homes. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

    The Witch’s House at Walden and Carmelita in Beverly Hills epitomizes storybook homes. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

  • The Hlaffer-Courcier house built, in 1923 Los Angeles, probably was inspired by Harry Oliver's Tam O'Shanter restaurant design. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

    The Hlaffer-Courcier house built, in 1923 Los Angeles, probably was inspired by Harry Oliver’s Tam O’Shanter restaurant design. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

  • This Chaplin Court home was built in 1923 to house actors working at the nearby Charlie Chaplin Studios. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

    This Chaplin Court home was built in 1923 to house actors working at the nearby Charlie Chaplin Studios. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

  • The crowning touch of this Long Beach home is its lovingly restored “seawave” roof and prominent “eyebrow” dormer. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

    The crowning touch of this Long Beach home is its lovingly restored “seawave” roof and prominent “eyebrow” dormer. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

  • White Tower is the name given to this Hollywoodland home built in 1924 by A.E. Crist. It was a wedding present to the daughter of the Pantages family of theater fame. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

    White Tower is the name given to this Hollywoodland home built in 1924 by A.E. Crist. It was a wedding present to the daughter of the Pantages family of theater fame. (Courtesy photo Douglas Keister)

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