Ravishing Jazz Age Estate in La Cañada Hits the Auction Block

by Pauline O’Connor

On October 13, bidding will open for one of the grander properties in the upscale hamlet of La Cañada Flintridge. Known as the Overell Estate, the luxurious residence was constructed in 1929, at a then-astronomical cost of $80,000, for prosperous furniture dealer Walter Overell and his society-maven wife, Beulah.

A blend of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco styles, it was designed in a collaborative effort by architects L.G. Scherer and J. Cyril Bennett. Based in Hollywood, Scherer’s other notable designs included a Spanish-style mansion in Little Holmby for Marlene Dietrich, and the Hancock Park Tudor owned in the 80s by Francis Ford Coppola, while Bennett’s projects included Pasadena’s Civic Auditorium and Raymond Theater.

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