Homes and Gardens of the Pacific Coast, Vol II, Los Angeles
Introduction by Charles Eugene Banks, Frank Calvert, Editor, T. Ross Ditty, Associate Editor
Published by Beaux Arts Socity Publishers, Beaux Arts Village, Lake Washington
National Register of Historic Places, No. 89000821, July 24, 1989.
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 230, June 12, 1980.
West Adams Terrace Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ).
Ramsay-Durfee Estate, 1908
2425 S Western Ave
William Edmund Ramsay Mansion
Frederick Louis Roehrig
"A beautiful home of the English style of domestic architecture, designed by Mr. F. L. Roehrig, is shown above. It is almost hidden in a grove of splendid willows, palms, and plant life which reach such fullness of growth in this climate. Cool shady pergolas brick paved and vine covered, make for ideal retreats on warm days. Winding drives bordered with beautiful shrubs and orange trees, pretty Japanese water gardens and hedges of roses, combine to make this a most attractive home.
"Among the many beautiful gardens of California we find a large number planned along formal lines. These are in keeping with the many adaptations of the classic or formal types of architecure found in Europe. But in the garden of Mrs. Ramsay, glimpses of which are portrayed above, a beautiful English garden has been planned and carried to splendid completion. To complete the picture there is the greatest harmony between the grounds and house. A stroll through this beautiful park, with its winding drives boarded by stately trees, their tops meeting overhead through which glimpses of the blue sky is had arbors of roses shady pergolas and nooks, and lily ponds, bring memories of the beautiful country estates of Old England.
‘Here oft the happy sun himself would rest.
Riding his glorious circuit to the west.’
"A cobble-stone retaining wall extends across the grounds. The approach is through a heavy iron gate with stone pillars supporting The drive separates, one winding throuh he park, joining again the main driveway leading to the garage. Opposite the front entrance to the house and to the right of the driveway there is an attractive vine-covered pergola with brick floor and round pillars in which have been placed many rustic seats and swings. Immediately back of the house and separated from the service wing by an old fashioned fence with its quaint entrance, is a broad brick paved pergola completely covered with roses and blooming flowers and vines. This is a most enticing nook on warm days. Broad brick steps lead to a finely finished tennis court. A wide brick terrace extending from the garage completes these beautiful grounds."
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