Dorr Residence, 1637 Via Arriba, Palos Verdes Estates.

Abstract/Description: Image shows interior view of the Mr. & Mrs. William Ripley Dorr residence, located on Via Arriba on lot 8, block 1436, tract 6884 in Malaga Cove. Image of hallway shows partial view of room in the foreground, with carved wood tripod table at left, four-drawer drop-front secretary and wall clock at right. At the end of the hall, with a settee visible at right, is an arched alcove with portable 61-key, five octave organ, above which hangs a copy of the Raphael painting "Madonna della Seggiola." The nine-room, single-story stone tile and stucco home has a slate roof, two chimneys, and large garden. Mr. Dorr (1891-1968), was an accomplished organist, worked at the Hall Organ Company and was choirmaster at St. Luke’s Church in Long Beach, as well as dean of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 1939-1941. His boy's choir appeared in several motions pictures, among them "Mrs. Parkington" with Greer Garson, "Christmas Holiday" with Deana Durbin, and "Since You Went Away" with Claudette Colbert. The home, which received Palos Verdes Art Jury honorable mention award for the most notable architecture of 1925, was later owned by C.E. Tuttle (1955).
Subject(s): Houses--California--Palos Verdes Estates
Dorr residence
Organ (Musical instrument)
Date Created: 1926-01-00