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20 St. James Park


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St. James Park developer George W. King sold an assemblage of lots totaling 30,000 square feet to Baroness Rosa Von Zimmerman in August 1902. Built with a fortune derived from munitions manufacturing, the house at #20 would be just one of the German nobelwoman's grandiose projects during her time in Los Angeles; attributed to architect Frederick Heinlein, it appears to have been of a Victorian design at least a decade old. A restless sort, the Baroness sold the rambling house a little more than two years after completion. First addressed #16 and later #20, it was sold in May 1905 to Watson Hill of Chicago, who in short order sold it to lumberman William Hayes Perry, whose colorful family would later include actor Robert Stack. The full story of the house will be told in due course.