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Los Angeles Architecture Lecture | Storybook Style: Whimsy in LA

Storybook Style House - Tam O'Shanter in Atwater Village. (Photo credit - Doug Keister)
Storybook Style House – Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village. (Photo credit – Doug Keister)

Fairytale houses dot the Southern California landscape, including our Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Hancock Park, Larchmont Village, Windsor Square to name just a few. But where did this delightful architecture inspired by medieval Europe come from?

For “Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A.” author Dougals Keister will outline the history, share stories and present marvelous images of these half-timbered and turreted, pinnacled and portcullised houses that combine theatrical flair with fine craftsmanship – and large doses of humor.

Storybook Style House in Beachwood Canyon (Photo credit - Doug Keister)
Storybook Style House in Beachwood Canyon (Photo credit – Doug Keister)

These old world charmers began in Los Angeles in the early 1920s and were almost forgotten by the late 1930s. Keister will discuss how WWI and Hollywood set makers were responsible for these quaint European-styled dwellings that, according to Keister, “made everyone smile.”

“Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A.” takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103. Lecture tickets are $30 per person, $25 for FOGH members. Because of the limited seating, reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, visit


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