Home Tour: Spirit of the Golden Age

  • Railings with, similar to the foyer railings in the foyer, line the rear facade outdoors, near the pool, which is believed to be original to the property.
  • Having researched the interior details that Williams employed in the 1930s and 1940s, Larkin decided to outfit the foyer with recessed paneling, cornices, and pilasters.
  • The architect also repositioned the formerly concealed stairs and designed new railings that are modeled after the wrought iron supports for the home’s original rear loggia, which Rogers, during his occupancy, enclosed to create a living room.
  • A customized Therien library table divides the formal living room into near mirror-image seating areas with A. Rudin sofas and Ebanista chairs upholstered in Holly Hunt and Hermès fabrics, respectively. ELA made the chandelier, which KNA’s Matthew Ray designed. The rug, from Sewelson’s Carpets, features a pattern reminiscent of work by the art deco designer André Arbus.
  • One of the home’s new wings houses a temperature-controlled wine room, where, at one end, a Mario Grimaldi table and A. Rudin stools sit beneath a custom chandelier from ELA that suspends from a cove ceiling of French oak.
  • The formal family room incorporates wire-brushed and cerused oak paneling and ceiling beams, also by Mario Grimaldi Dessin Fournir, as well as leather armchairs and the deep-seated Gregorius Pineo sofa with pale blue Hermès toss pillows.
  • The dining room showcases custom moldings, hang double rock crystal chandeliers from Dennis & Leen, silver-leafed chairs wear leather upholstery on the front and Donghia silk on the back, and a Saint Laurent marble crafted fireplace.
  • A casual family room and kitchen form a single spacious area.
  • The library occupies its original footprint, but all of the mahogany millwork and ceiling beams, by Mario Grimaldi, as well as the walnut floors, are new.
  • For the 12-seat private theater, KNA had the acoustical fabric hand-silkscreened with a custom pattern.
  • The entry to the master suite displays a handsome Austrian Biedermeier-style secretary desk from William Switzer’s Signature collection and a stretch of limestone flooring with gray marble trim.
  • Camel-colored silk upholstery and more than 5,000 individually hammered nail heads cover the walls of the bedroom.
  • The master suite's his bathroom with a Crema Marfil marble floor.
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  • 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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