The Susan and Antonio Vargas Residence

Located in Country Club Park, this Craftsman Victorian residence was commissioned in 1908 by Marcelin and Marie Mazet Eyraud, successful L.A. saloon keepers.  With three stories of living space and basement, it is considered one of the masterpiece  homes of architect John P. Krempel, who also designed the old Times Mirror building and Old Los Angeles Fire Engine Company #28.  Eight bedrooms, maid’s quarters and a formal butler’s pantry located off the French kitchen give the house an imposing but homey quality. Various woods are featured in different rooms, including oak, walnut and redwood. Floor to ceiling windows on the first landing of the main staircase frame the Los Angeles city skyline – opposite a long row of charming linen closets.  When very progressive Marcelin Eyraud ordered the home, he also asked Krempel to design the garage with a mechanic’s bay and unique second-story chauffeur’s quarters.  ‘Sister’ to the Eyraud residence is Griffith Hall near USC, also designed by Krempel and originally the residence of John Tomilinson Griffith, who headed floral arrangements for the 1895  famed Fiesta parade, a precursor of today’s Tournament of Roses.

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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