ISSUE 48  |  LA Story

Green Acres: Lombardi House in Los Angeles

December 05, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Eight years ago, when real estate developer Jacques Massachi bought the former Lombardi estate on Hollywood Boulevard, his plan was to tear it down and put up an apartment complex. Built in 1904, the Victorian farmhouse had most recently been owned by vocal coaches and vaudeville entertainers Philip and Sylvia Lombardi, but it had fallen into disrepair, and salvaging it seemed like a futile exercise. At the urging of local preservation mavens, however, Massachi changed course and decided to turn the property into a guest house/event space. Working with architects Project M+ and interior designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, Massachi has created Lombardi House, a cheery, urban oasis that can accommodate up to 28 guests in four apartments.

Above: The camera-ready exterior (already a favorite photo location for wedding parties).

Above L: Bicycles are available for guests to use. Above R: An exterior view of the event barn.

Above: Project M+ architects converted the 1,700-square-foot barn into a party space.

Above: A living room in one of the apartments.

Above: Massachi was careful to preserve the house’s original detailing.

Above: The kitchen and dining area in the two-bedroom Suite 1715. The banana leaf palm fabric is a salute to the famous wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel coffee shop.

Above: The dining room in the two-bedroom Suite 1717.

Above: Bedrooms feature an eclectic mix of textiles and patterns.

Above: A bedroom in Suite 1717

Above: Exterior details.

Above: A wedding getaway vehicle at the ready. For more information and reservations, go to Lombardi House.

For another project by Project M+, see An LA Cliffhanger: Go High or Stay Low?

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