American Foursquare in Van Buren Place
[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until all of them are online.]
On Pages 36 to 41 in the Van Buren Place Chapter we take a look at a 1906 American Four Square, both the exterior and interior. There is a such a variety of owner in the homes of West Adams - in the sense that some are sticklers for having 'authentic' interiors; restoring every last bit of a home, (often a decades long project), with proper furniture from the time and the like. Others don't care about such things and are content to leave the homes as they were when purchased. Some decorate and renovate to the style that suits them best.
The photos in this page reflect the latter sensibility. As you see in the images below the current owners used joyful colors combined with wallpaper imported from London to give the a home its own particular style.
Here's another photo of the exterior which showcases the sturdy dimensions of home's design.
In keeping with the Book's reflections on the people of West Adams I also included the images below: an agent's card found by the home's occupants when they moved in. The previous owner of the house, Amanda Randolph, was the first African-American Star of U.S. network television and helped others on Van Buren to settle in the neighborhood as you'll hear in an oral history in an upcoming post.