This home not only has the great distinction of being Wallace Neff’s 3rd residential commission but the original owner who commissioned it was one of the most prominent surgeons in America. Dr. Allen Kavenal was a distinguished surgeon accomplished in Thyroid surgery, Plastic surgery and was the foremost authority on Hand surgery. He literally wrote the most important book on hand surgery in the 1920’s. He and his wife Olive’s primary residence was located at 1370 3rd Avenue in the toney Hyde Park area of Chicago.
In 1922 they commissioned Wallace Neff, then a young rising star in Los Angeles Architectural Design, to design a winter home for themselves and their triplet children. In 1929, the Kavenal’s had the library wing added. The window detail from the living and dining rooms was incorporated into the design. A second staircase leading to a bedroom suite above was part of this design. The house remained in the Kavenal family until the 1949 when it passed into the possession of Richard T and Mary Langan. Mr Langan was the vice president of Moody’s Investment services and later served as the vice president of Pomona College and by the mid 1050’s was an investment counselor with RTL Associates. The house remained in the Langan family for almost 60 years selling to Los Angeles attorney Mario E Diaz and his wife Sandy, a Pasadena dermatologist.
The history of this property makes it eligible for historic designation and the possibility of receiving the one time exception per year for a home valued above $1.500,000 to receive Mills Act tax relief. I currently have it listed for sale at an offering price of $2,658,000. For more information and a complete photo gallery go to www.1015selmolino.com