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Blog entry by Jerry posted 09-28-2014 08:04 PM 2498 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You will see some amazing joinery and craftsmanship in this slide show. Great for ideas…

An ad man named Leonard Fenton has spent well over two decades now working on Artemesia, reputedly the largest Craftsman house ever built. And it is something.

The 13,300-square-foot mansion in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood was built a century ago by Frederick Engstrum, a construction tycoon who built downtown’s lovely Rosslyn Hotel, according to a story last year in Los Angeles Magazine. He hired Frank A. Brown to design the house in 1913 and made sure it had all “the latest environmental and technical developments,” including rainwater collection, electric intercom, central vacuuming system, and a record-setting Murray Harris built-in pipe organ.

Just a couple of owners later, Fenton bought the house in the late 1980s and has been restoring and modernizing ever since. It has eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, that pipe organ, a carriage house, six fireplaces, a gate house, a sleeping porch with several Murphy beds, and new “swimming pool infrastructure” on 1.79 acres.

Fenton listed the property for sale in 2012 at $12 million, but pulled it off the market more than a year ago. Now it’s back asking $10 million.


-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/



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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 12:02 AM

Wow!!!! What an incredible house! Thanks for posting it.

-- Art

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 01:11 PM

Quite a house. Thanks for sharing Jerry. I love the style. There were lots of nice craft style homes in the L.A. area and I’m sure quite a few have been restored in later years. My brother rented one many years ago, and it was really nice inside, but few appreciated their significance at that time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 01:19 PM

Boy I’d kill to have a kitchen like that (even without the rest of the house!)

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 03:49 PM

My favorite is the roof architecture from the porch photo

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 07:34 PM



Quite a house. Thanks for sharing Jerry. I love the style. There were lots of nice craft style homes in the L.A. area and I m sure quite a few have been restored in later years. My brother rented one many years ago, and it was really nice inside, but few appreciated their significance at that time.

- stefang

I have one just down the street from me here in Milwaukie, OR. I’ve never seen the inside, but the outside is incredible.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 07:34 PM



My favorite is the roof architecture from the porch photo

- BenhamDesign

Mine too, second favorite are the stairwell carvings.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 07:35 PM



Boy I d kill to have a kitchen like that (even without the rest of the house!)

Thanks for sharing

- JoeinGa

Boy you got that right….

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 07:35 PM



Wow!!!! What an incredible house! Thanks for posting it.

- AandCstyle

You’re welcome, I thought that all the amazing woodworking in the house was perfect for the community here.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#9 posted 09-29-2014 10:57 PM

I will have to pass on it as I saw no sign of a workshop anywhere!
Nice ceilings !!

-- Regards Robert

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Jerry

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#10 posted 09-30-2014 01:14 AM



I will have to pass on it as I saw no sign of a workshop anywhere!
Nice ceilings !!

- robscastle

I hear you good buddy :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#11 posted 10-04-2014 03:42 PM

If someone here hits the lottery, and you have any money left over, could you buy this for me???? Thank you, and thank you for posting it Jerry. If someone buys it for me, I’ll have everyone over for a party! :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#12 posted 10-05-2014 11:14 PM



If someone here hits the lottery, and you have any money left over, could you buy this for me???? Thank you, and thank you for posting it Jerry. If someone buys it for me, I ll have everyone over for a party! :)

- Roger

Only problem is we’d have to disassemble it and move it to ANYWHERE but Los Angeles.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#13 posted 10-06-2014 11:13 AM

:) Jerry.. I know, I wouldn’t want to move to Los Angeles. The odds are about the same.. hahaha

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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