clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

1933 Los Angeles home has a prohibition-era secret room

New, 4 comments

The Paul Williams-designed residence is asking $4.6 million

Constructed in 1933, this six-bedroom home in Hancock Park was designed by trailblazing African American architect Paul R. Williams for lawyer Gabriel Carlos Duque and his wife Mary McAllister—a distinguished socialite and philanthropist by all accounts. The 5,888-square-foot home features a grand entryway, curved staircase, beautiful herringbone patterned hardwood floors, and ornately carved crown moldings.

Most exciting: embedded into the mahogany walls of the library is, per the listing, a secret door leading to a prohibition-era bar room. So what if the 18th amendment was repealed the same year that the house was built? Hidden rooms are always a plus.

The spacious master suite has its own fireplace and his and hers bathrooms with original fixtures intact. The 13,006-square-foot lot includes a generously-sized backyard, a space that’s currently being used as a makeshift basketball court, and—as required by Hancock Park’s strict neighborhood guidelines—a large and stately front lawn. Asking price is $4.599 million.