Muirfield Home Damaged by Fire

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Muirfield home burned

MUIRFIELD ROAD HOME was built in 1924 and has 27 rooms and a 65-foot swimming pool.

A fire at a home at 644 S. Muirfield Rd. caused extensive damage to the first and second floor. Fifty-eight firefighters fought the blaze on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. shortly after it started. They confined the flames to one room on the first floor, the space immediately above as well as a portion of the attic, and were able to extinguish the fire in 75 minutes.

L.A. Fire Dept. assistant chief Ralph Terrazas said monetary loss from the flames is being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The house was not occupied at the time.

The Italian-style estate served as the Southern California home of Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown during his two terms of office from 1959 through 1966.

The residence was built in 1924 by P. L. Wilson, Sr. and designed by John De Lario. The landscape architect for the grounds was Nebile Stephens.

In 1976, the home was featured on a Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society tour. At that time, the 27-room house featured a library paneled in hardwood. The living room in the south wing was connected to a solarium originally designed with tile floors. The 65-foot swimming pool, the first in Hancock Park, featured a pool house with living quarters and facilities for guests. The curved, sweeping, columnar arbor adjacent to the pool was an original design concept when the house was built.

Later, “Law and Order” television series creator Dick Wolf lived in the house.

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