78 Fremont Place

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The Russell Brown Company was a Texas-based construction firm that arrived in Los Angeles during the boom of the '20s to build on spec the sort of high-end houses it had been building in River Oaks and Highland Park; as the original languishing "estate size" lots of Fremont Place began to be broken up into parcels of more reasonably suburban sizes after World War I, the company bought several plots to develop on its own or for individual purchasers. Its first spec in the subdivision was 82 Fremont Place; this seems to have garnered the sale of a lot across the street at #71 and the contract to design and build a house there in March 1925. While it might be wondered if Russell Brown recycled plans it had used in the quite similar Texas suburbs, it appears in the case of the French Provincial 78 Fremont Place—next door to the English-style #82 and begun just a few months after the Italianate #71—to have acted only as the contractor to build a house to the design of noted local architect Ralph C. Flewelling for Cora L. Haven, a widow.

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