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Home Tour: Spirit of the Golden Age

Jorge S. Arango

The latest incarnation of a historic Paul R. Williams estate reveals a design team’s efforts to revive the property’s original essence.

In his lifetime, the esteemed architect Paul R. Williams designed more than 3,000 homes, many of them for Hollywood’s glitterati and other luminaries. In 1938, he completed a house in Los Angeles’s Bel Air neighborhood for the businessman Frank Wood, and successive owners—including the country singer Kenny Rogers, who named it Liongate—altered the structure. By the time the current owner purchased Liongate in 2010, “it was unrecognizable,” says Dean Larkin, whose namesake West Hollywood, Calif., firm was recently hired to renovate and expand the property to almost 26,000 square feet—more than double its original size. Still, Larkin’s team endeavored to bring back the spirit of Williams’s design, and their result, a furnished home with 11 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, is on offer through Hilton & Hyland for $65 million. 

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