Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Kerckhoff, William George and Louise Eshman, House, Los Angeles, CA

ID: 1154
Construction Date: Start Date: 1908
End Date: 1909
Building History: William George and Louise Eshman Kerckhoff lived in this house with their two daughters. William Kerckhoff (1856-1929) was the son of German immigrants who came to Los Angeles, CA, (from Terre Haute, IN) in 1879. At first, the Kerckhoff Family ran the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill and Lumber Company, which provided imported wood for the building boom of the 1880s. Over the years, he became active in the provision of electricity and natural gas to the growing city. He achieved great success developing these utilities and also was involved in port development at San Pedro, CA, and banking. He liquidated much of his holdings in 1927, and stepped up his charitable giving thereafter; one beneficiary was the University of California, Los Angeles, for whom his wife donated a large sum to build Kerckhoff Hall, the first student union. He died 02/22/1929. Hunt, Eager and Burns, Architects, designed this transitional Queen Anne/Colonial Revival Style dwelling, while landscape architect, Wilbur Cook, Jr., laid out the grounds.
Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses
Locations: Structure:
1325 West Adams Boulevard
Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
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