The William C. Hay Residence, 1924 | Charles Kyson, ArchitectAfter acquiring a 25,000+ square foot lot high in the Los Feliz hills in 1924, wealthy entrepreneur William C. Hay commissioned architect Charles C. Kyson to design his personal residence. The result – featured in a 1925 edition of Architectural Digest (Vol. 5 Issue 1, p47-49) – is a 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom Spanish Colonial brimming with old Hollywood elegance and charm.
Virtually every room takes advantage of the panoramic views of Los Angeles and lushly landscaped grounds, making them integral features of the design. Multiple patios and verandas throughout the residence showcase not only the breathtaking cityscape, but beautifully intricate wrought iron work and unique imported Della Robbia tiles.
Undoubtedly influenced by Kyson’s parallel success as an art director in silent films, an organ room (now the wine cellar) was built to accompany screenings of movies projected in the oversized living room. Equally impressive is the elegant dining room, sourced in England and reassembled in its entirety – stained glass windows and all – off the grand entryway on the main floor. The inviting den with fireplace offers the perfect respite for family and guests. The elaborate library, with a built-in humidor, offers another stately and memorable retreat.
Whether meandering through the gardens, lounging by the pool, or taking in the stunning views, this private and historic home has something to offer everyone. It is a Jazz Age masterpiece, not to be missed.
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