The Spanish-Colonial Revival home at 2017 Escarpa Drive was built in 1928 for Arthur Coons, who would later serve as president of nearby Occidental College for more than 20 years. Today, the Cultural Heritage Commission will vote on an application to declare the three-level home a city historic cultural monument. The architect of the home – which features Juliet balconies, a red tile roof and wood window shutters – is unknown, and Coons did not live in the residence while heading the campus from 1946 to 1965. But the city’s Planning Department staff has determined that the home is worthy of landmark status and protection as a classic example of Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture. Says the application:
“Located just steps from Occidental College, 2071 Escarpa Drive still looks essentially the same way it did eighty years ago when Dr. Coons and his wife built it.”
If the commissioners vote to support the nomination, the proposal then heads to the City Council for further review.