History

History

  • Getty House in it's early days.
  • In 1921, a house was constructed for Swedish immigrants Leta and Paul Paulson at the southwest corner of Irving Boulevard and Sixth Street in the then newly subdivided residential area of Windsor Square.
  • Phillip W. Holler and Mendel S. Meyer of the Milwaukee Building Company designed the residence in the Tudor revival style. Meyer and Holler later designed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
  • In 1928, Jeanne and Leslie Lockhart purchased the property and hired famed landscape architect A.E. Hanson to design the gardens. The Lockhart family added a basement lounge and other rooms to the residence, and they expanded the lot size. Their redecoration of the house was featured in Architectural Digest in 1929.
  • Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, the Lockharts rented the residence to several families, including the family of movie stars John Barrymore and Dolores Costello.
  • The Getty Oil Company, headquartered near the house at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, purchased the property in 1958. The company, named for its founder J. Paul Getty, intended to construct a new corporate headquarters on the site.
  • Abandoning its construction plans, the Getty Oil Company began renting the residence.  Among the renters was Lee Strasberg, the Artistic Director of the Actors Studio and developer of method acting in 1975.
  • Historical Image of Getty House
  • In 1977, the Getty Oil Company donated the property 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, where he resided with First Lady Ethel Bradley from 1977 to 1993.  The Bradleys’ daughters Lorraine and Phyllis also lived at Getty House.
  • When Richard Riordan served as Mayor, Nancy Daly, who would later become the First Lady of Los Angeles, established the Getty House Foundation and worked to restore Getty House through the newly established Getty House Foundation. Her work was complicated by damage at the Getty House following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The restored house was unveiled in 1995. Although Mayor Riordan did not live at Getty House, Mayor Riordan and his family used the residence and gardens for special events and tours educational tours for LAUSD students.
  • The administration of Mayor James K. Hahn, who was elected in 2001, hosted formal events, staff meetings and retreats at Getty House, however Mayor Hahn and his family did not live in the residence.
  • Getty House as it appears today.
  • Elected in 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa moved into Getty House with his family and lived in the residence until the summer of 2013. Mayor Villaraigosa used Getty House to hosted small salons, not-for-profit fundraisers and installed the first drought tolerant garden in the front of the house.
  • As the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland moved into Getty House with their family at the beginning of 2014. They expanded public access to the house by adding three event series that have brought over 25,000 visitors and developed the property’s first sustainability plan that focused on newly designed drought tolerant property gardens, reduced water/energy usage in the home, and environmentally responsible events.