Hunt Residence

The Hunt Residence was designated in April 2014 as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).

Place Details


7 Oakmont Drive,
Los Angeles, California 90049
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Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy


This sprawling, one-story residence was designed by master architect Paul R. Williams for the recently widowed Nellie Payton Hunt, whose late husband Willis G. Hunt had been a prominent paper company executive. Located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, the house is set back from the street by a circular driveway and surround by lush landscaping and mature trees. The house’s layout features angled wings projecting from the four corners of the home’s central rectangular portion. These projecting rooms create a series of outdoor spaces that connect to the house’s interior via large windows and French doors.

About This Place

About This Place

Designed in the Traditional Ranch style with Regency Revival detailing, the house is an example of the early, transitional period of the Ranch style that served as a precursor to the postwar version that was popularized throughout Southern California and beyond. The house features a low hipped and gabled roof and multi-paned windows accented by shutters. The entrance portico, with its semicircular canopy and brick paving, reflects the house’s Regency Revival detailing. Cast iron detailing includes foliated posts supporting the entrance canopy of the front porch and lattice-patterned grillwork framing the delicate columns along the rear covered patio.

The living room, which makes up the central rectangular portion, features built-in shelving and cabinet space in the form of arched corner niches, while the dining room features painted silk wallpaper on each wall. Despite minor interior and exterior alterations to materials, the Hunt Residence retains a high degree of integrity.

The Hunt Residence was designated in April 2014 as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) after nearly being demolished in November, 2013. The City of Los Angeles initiated the application with the support of Councilmember Mike Bonin to designate the house as a local landmark after being alerted to the house’s provenance by preservation-minded neighbors. The Conservancy advocated strongly for the designation of this property.

Our Position

The Conservancy believes a compelling case had been demonstrated for its significance, as an important work of master architect Paul Revere Williams and as an excellent and early example of a custom-designed Ranch house. Further, the Hunt Residence retains a high level of physical integrity, having undergone only minimal changes since its construction in 1940. As a smaller and more informal commission by Williams, it nonetheless represents an important period in his overall work, and appears to have influenced some of his ideas about the small house and Ranch House that contributed to the style’s continued evolution by him and other architects into the postwar era.

We think it is possible to expand the Hunt Residence in a manner that maintains its eligibility as a historic resource and have offered some initial concepts with the property’s owners. We appreciate the opportunity to continue working together to think through creative approaches that might achieve a preservation outcome. Our understanding is that the owners are now committed to finding a preservation solution.


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