History

  • The Getty House was constructed in 1921 for Leta and Paul Paulson, Swedish immigrants, in the then newly-subdivided residential area of Windsor Square.
  • The residence was designed in the Tudor Revival style by Mendell Meyer and Gabriel Holler for the Milwaukee Building Company. These same architects later designed the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
  • In 1928, Jeanne and Leslie Lockhart purchased the property, adding additional rooms and a basement lounge to the residence and expanding the lot size. Their redecoration of the home was featured in the 1929 edition of Architectural Digest.
  • The Lockhart family hired famed landscape architect A.E. Hanson in 1928 to design the gardens. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, the Lockhart family would rent the residence to several families, including stars from the entertainment industry such as John Barrymore and Dolores Costello.
  • In 1958, the Getty Oil Company, headquartered near Getty House at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, purchased the property. Established by J. Paul Getty in 1964, the company hoped to eventually construct a corporate headquarters on the site.
  • Abandoning its construction plans, the Getty Oil Company began renting the residence, including in 1975 to Lee Strasberg, founder of the Actors Studio.
  • In 1977, the Getty Oil Company donated the residence to the City of Los Angeles to serve as the official residence of the Mayor. In honor of J. Paul Getty’s son George F. Getty II, who had lived at the house, the residence was named “Getty House.”
  • Tom Bradley was the first Mayor to live at Getty House with First Lady Ethel Bradley and their daughters. The Bradley family lived at Getty House from 1977 to 1993.
  • When Richard Riordan served as Mayor, Nancy Daly, who would later become the First Lady of Los Angeles, worked to restore Getty House following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The restored house was unveiled in 1995. Although used for special events, Riordan and Daly did not live in the residence.
  • The administration of Mayor James K. Hahn, who was elected in 2001, hosted formal events at Getty House, but Mayor Hahn and his family did not live in the residence.
  • Elected in 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa moved into Getty House with his family that same year and lived in the residence until the summer of 2013.
  • As the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and their family moved into Getty House at the beginning of 2014.