Philip Ahn/Kurt Cobain Residence
Located on a ridge overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, 6877-6881 Alta Loma Terrace is one of the oldest houses in the High Tower neighborhood in the Hollywood Heights area of Los Angeles. The residence is a unique and rare example of the Craftsman style with Japanese influences.
The property derives its primary significance for its association with actor Philip Ahn, who lived in the house between circa 1952 and 1958, though he owned the property until his death in 1978. Philip Ahn's acting career began in 1936 and he went on to have 270 acting credits, working steadily from the late 1930s, appearing in several films, and later, television shows, each year. During this period, he played primarily supporting roles in highly successful films, including “The General Died at Dawn” (1936), “The Big Hangover” (1953), “The Left Hand of God” (1955) and “Battle Hymn” (1957). Philip Ahn was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984, among the first of only a small number of Asian Americans in history to have received this honor. An article appearing in the Los Angeles Times announcing his star described him as “one of the most famous Asian actors in the history of motion pictures.” Not only was Philip Ahn a pioneer in film and television, but he was a successful restaurateur and leader in the Korean American and broader community in Los Angeles.
The residence was also home to grunge rock musician and Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, lead singer of the rock band Hole, who lived in the residence around 1992 to 1993. It was here that Cobain reportedly began working on most of Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, and Love began writing Hole's second studio album, Live Through This.