The former home to Hollywood legend William Powell located in Beverly Hills, was originally designed in 1926 by architectural firm Bennet and Haskell for Hobart Bosworth (silent film-era star) and his wife.  Under Powell’s ownership, the home was expanded significantly and the style was transformed into Hollywood Regency by legendary architect James E. Dolena. Additional stories were added to the main house.  The grounds were developed by adding in a pool house and tennis courts.  Formal gardens and water features were added.

Krueger Architects was tasked with restoring the period details while staying true the the original architecturally design.

Old Hollywood Glamour

The plan from James Dolena included an addition of another story and the complete architectural style change from the original Spanish Revival-style to the Hollywood Regency style.  Construction took about two years to complete. Powell only lived in the house for one year before selling it to a doctor, who then later sold it to long time owner, Albert Broccoli; the original producer of the James Bond films. Broccoli and his wife, Dana, lived in the house from 1969 to James’ death in 1996. Dana Broccoli sold the estate in 2004.

Kurt Krueger Architects was selected to complete a major renovation of the entire property and landscape, as well as the secondary properties of the estate. Being selected to renovate a premier property such as this is in Beverly Hills highlights our firms commitment to quality, character, and true craftsmanship, and of course white glove service and discretion.  After over 80 years, much of the property needed to be modernized with new mechanicals and systems including an overhaul of the many formal garden water features and the famed pool deck and pool house.

The project required review and approvals by the Cultural Heritage Commissions due to the properties historic relevance. After submission and approvals, we were able to restore the interior spaces, where we kept and refurbished period details. We also added new spaces that blended seamlessly with the existing and kept everything within keeping of the Hollywood Regency style of the home.


Comparing the 1926 Home to the Present Renovation

As Featured in 1936 Architectural Digest, Volume IX, Number 3

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