The Schoenborn Residence in Los Feliz, California, was one of the first houses designed by the celebrated architect Wallace Neff in the 1920s.
When it went on the market a few years ago, it needed some work, but has since gotten a major makeover. It’s for sale again, so let’s take a look at how the lovely old Spanish Colonial Revival home has changed over the decades!
A Spanish Colonial Revival: Before and After
In the photo above you can see how the house looked in 2013, before its more recent makeover.
Below you can see how the house looks today:
A.L. Schoenborn, who commissioned the house, was a pioneer in San Fernando Valley real estate development.
The Front Door in 2013:
Front Door Today:
The Living Room in 1926:
Living Room in 2013:
The room still has the same chandelier.
Living Room Today:
And the fireplace has its original ironwork by Julius Dietzman.
Dining Room in 2013:
They turned the Dining Room into a Family Room:
Among the changes made: no more popcorn ceilings!
What they kept: the tile floors and niches in the wall.
The Kitchen in 2013:
The Kitchen Today:
The house was decorated by Meridith Baer, the “Stager to the Stars.”
The staircase with original painted tile in 2013:
Original 1920s Tiled Crane Bath in 2013:
I was relieved to see the tile is intact in 2016:
Master Bedroom in 2013:
Master Bedroom Today:
They painted most of the rooms white, which suits the Spanish Colonial style.
Master Bath with Freestanding Tub:
There are 5 bedrooms and 6 baths.
Steve Vaught wrote about the house at Paradise Leased when it was on the market before:
Neff was able to bring in all the beauty of Spanish Colonial Revival, the impressive woodwork, colorful tile and intricate ironwork all set against whitewashed stucco walls while still keeping the house feeling relaxed and informal. The architect used much of the Spanish design vocabulary here with a bold rotunda, arches of varying types, Monterey balconies, variegated roof lines.