Historic Renovation of Home to Hollywood Icons in Beverly Hills, CA.

Former home to Hollywood legend William Powell, the house was originally built in 1926 for Hobart Bosworth (silent film-era star) and his wife by architectural firm Bennet and Haskell. Under Powell’s ownership, the house was added onto and the style of the home was transformed into the Hollywood Regency style by legendary architect James E. Dolena. The addition of another story and the architectural changes from the original Spanish-style took about two years. Powell only lived in the house for one year before selling it to a doctor, who then later sold it to long time owner, Albert Broccoli; the original producer of the James Bond films. Broccoli and his wife, Dana, lived in the house from 1969 to James’ death in 1996. Dana Broccoli sold the estate in 2004.

Our company was tasked with completing a major renovation of the entire property and landscape, as well as the secondary properties of the estate. Being selected to renovate a premier property such as this is in Beverly Hills highlights our firms commitment to quality, character, and true craftsmanship, and of course white glove service and discretion. The project required review and approvals by the Cultural Heritage Commissions due to the properties historic relevance. After submission and approvals, we were able to restore the interior spaces, where we kept and refurbished period details. We also added new spaces that blended seamlessly with the existing and kept everything within keeping of the Hollywood Regency style of the home. After over 80 years, much of the property needed to be modernized with new mechanicals and systems including an overhaul of the many formal garden water features and the famed pool deck and pool house.

 

Original Photos from Architectural Digest

1936 – Volume IX, Number 3