In case you just tuned in, I’m doing a little fact-checking as I go through Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service.” This will be fairly tedious except to a research drudge.
This is interesting. The city of Beverly Hills has compiled a list of architects and builders, arranged by street address. And although the list is from 1986, it doesn’t matter for a historic house like the one at 1110 Benedict Canyon Drive, where Scotty Bowers purportedly had his first Hollywood tryst with Walter Pidgeon and Jacob/Jack/Jacques Potts.
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In examining the document, we find that the permit for the home is dated Oct. 11, 1923, the architect is L.G. Scherer Co. and the contractor is G.A. Kiffe.
So much for the “John Woolf Regency.” Just real estate hype.
At this point, all of our online resources have been exhausted. Pursuing this question further will require a field trip to the Beverly Hills planning department to examine the permits on the house. That may take some time to arrange. I always miss the great UCLA interns I used to have when the Daily Mirror was at latimes.com but especially now!
Meanwhile, I’ll be pressing forward. On to Page 7!