Early film set designer re-created a Spanish town in Hollywood Hills

By Lauren Beale Drawing its inspiration from the villages of Andalusia, Las Orquideas complex in Hollywood Hills was built at the end of the 1920s to evoke a Spanish hill town. To achieve the effect, original owner Wilfred Buckland, filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille’s onetime art director, designed the compound with ascending walkways, connecting gardens and… Keep reading

Home of the Day: In Los Feliz, an English Revival surrounded by Hollywood history

This English Revival estate, designed by architect Arthur R. Kelly, sits in Los Feliz’s gated Laughlin Park, an enclave once home to Hollywood legends such as W.C. Fields and silent screen stars Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B.DeMille. Set behind two gated entrances, the 1920s home retains such vintage details as large casement windows, hardwood floors… Keep reading