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Buy Mary and Lee Blair’s Home

Mary and Lee Blair's home

A little over a month we posted about Ward and Betty Kimball’s home being listed for sale. That home was purchased almost immediately. My understanding is that the Asian couple who acquired it weren’t animation fans and simply liked the large lot. So here’s a chance for the animation community to redeem itself and purchase another LA home built for animation legends: the first home of Mary and Lee Blair is currently listed for a measly $725,000. The two-bedroom Hollywood Hills hideaway was designed for the couple in 1939 by Harwell Hamilton Harris, a protege of Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler, and hasn’t been on the market since 1955. If you don’t buy this, I’m going to be very disappointed.

(via Blackwing Diaries)

  • If you don’t buy this, I’m going to be very disappointed.

    And if you demolish it, I and Hollywood Heritage will…well, we’ll never forgive you.

  • Ted

    Is that a tv installed at floor level? Did they only watch tv while laying on the carpet?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I guess people forgot we once had TV’s placed down there.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Ahhhh! I’m still having problems paying off my $750,000 fixer-upper(or needs TLC as the realtors call it) in Pacoima.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Interesting to hear the Ward property was bought after all.

  • FYI I’ve amended to my original post some current exterior photographs taken today by Scott Santoro(including one of the fabled funicular/”hillevator” that’s apparently a must for getting anything up to the property. It’s steep).

    Also, I’ve added an excerpt from a book on the architect Harwell Harris that has some background on the Blairs’ commission. Apparently he did design work for five Disney artists, though only the Blairs are named from what I’ve found so far. I believe John Canemaker also goes into this house’s construction and there was at least one contemporaneous article that had photographs of the residence at the time that he used as reference. Check your copies of John’s “The Art and Flair of Mary Blair” for that(where mine is I can’t guess).

  • Looks like the Blairs were doing pretty well in the Great Depression! How many artists could do that today?

  • Toonio

    $725,000 in this economy? Seems like we didn’t learn anything from the sub-prime crisis. Well, let’s carry on, at some point we’ll get it.

  • Geneva

    Holy wow. Only 725k?? That’s amazing, for such a gorgeous place in LA. If only I weren’t so fresh out of school!

  • Stephen DeStefano

    Pretty sweet, and well worth the dough (which surprises me for being on the low end…)

  • Another plus is the street name, Fredonia. Rufus T Firefly would approve.

  • Brad Constantine

    There are obviously some things there they are not showing you. Most noticibly missing are the bathrooms and the kitchen. The most expensive to update.The condition of the deck redwood is not great. It would take a pretty penny to fix it up, but would be worth it for that area! Location, Location, location.I like that it is very secluded and peaceful for LA.Thanks fer sharing the photos…

  • I picture myself living there in bliss, until our kids enter the picture and bury it in toys. Mary might smile upon that, but I’d feel pretty ashamed. Too much pressure to keep it pristine.

  • Rick R.

    Measly, he says… sheesh. Wish I had that kinda money.

  • Teddy

    I remember seeing this post when it came out months ago and wanting to post a comment. First of all, I’m a huge fan of Mary Blair, and would like to see animators/creative types move in.

    Did you have to mention the couple who acquired it is Asian though? My Japanese mom is an artist and married my white artist dad, who paints murals for a living. Doesn’t most animation of American shows come from Korea? What if you said it was a Black couple, Hispanic couple, Arabic couple or even White couple? Pointing out ethnicity is not necessary.

    I’m not for turning America into a bunch of polite, PC zombies but I just had to say something about that.