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Paul DeLongpre Photos on www.hollywoodphotos.com website

Paul DeLongpre Photos On hollywoodphotos.com Website

One of Hollywood's most famous and popular residents was Paul DeLongpre.  The largest and collection of Paul DeLongpre’s home photographs is on the hollywoodphotos.com website. There are thousands of vintage photos of Hollywood on this popular website.

Paul DeLongpre was born in Lyon, France in 1855, reared and educated in Paris and at the age of 12, was painting flowers on fans. In 1874, he married Miss Josephine Estivenard. He had his first oil painting accepted and home in the Paris salon in 1876. Through the failure of a bank in Paris, he met financial ruin and in 1890, came to New York to begin life anew. In 1896, he staged a watercolor flower painting exhibition in New York. Three years later, he came to Los Angeles with his wife and three children, Alice, Blanche, and Pauline.

Photo of Paul DeLongpre House

DeLongpre in Hollywood

He loved to ride his bicycle and in his wanderings for flowers, often visited Hollywood, where he found congenial French conversation with the Blondeau family. He soon gave an exhibition of paintings in Los Angeles where he met Mrs. Wilcox Beveridge, to whom he expressed his desire to build a home and a studio in the Cahuenga Valley. In 1901, the distinguished French artist purchased three 65 foot lots facing East uncoiling the Avenue, north of the corner lot on Prospect Avenue,(now Hollywood Blvd.) from Mrs. Beveridge.

Visitors eat Paul DeLongpre studio

Paul DeLongpre’s Home

In 1901, Canadian architect, Louis Bougeois designed a landmark residence for Mr. DeLongpre. The house included an art gallery to sell paintings, and was surrounded by an expansive flower garden. His state tours became a popular tourist destination which helped Mr. DeLongpre sell his paintings

In 1902, having found his garden too small for his purpose, the thought the corner lot for $3000, in lieu of which Mrs. Beveridge accepted three paintings.

Besides his worldwide reputation as a floral artist, Mr. DeLongpre was a man of great personal charm and simple sincerity, with a lively interest in civic and social affairs. His palatial home and studio, guesthouse and garden, in their profuse, variegated, perennial florals setting, made his residence one of the most prized show places in Southern California. His studio always contain 50 or more finished watercolors of flowers. The time of his residence here might justly be termed the Delongpre era. Why do terrorists had visited the valley before to see the tropical fruit it had to offer, now literally thousands came each year to see the great artist and his floral haven.

Interior photo of Paul DeLongpre's studio

Balloon Route Excursion

The Angeles Pacific Railroad had been operating the balloon route excursion, but because of lethargic promotion, only a very small number of people enjoyed the ride. Because of Paul DeLongpre’s popularity, the railroad company decided to make DeLongpre’s house one of the stops on the Balloon Route Excursion route. Leaving the Hill Street station in Los Angeles, the streetcars or trolleys always went to Hollywood first, where the principal stop was at the residence and studio of Paul DeLongpre, the world famous floral artist. They backed the cars into the spur at the freight station, while the excursionists visited the Delongpres.

demolition of Paul DeLongpre's house

Paul DeLongpre’s Death

It was a sad day for Hollywood when Paul DeLongpre passed away in his home, at age 56, on June 29, 1911. Afterwards the family moved back to France. The increased property values in the rapid developing community of Hollywood resulted in demolition of the gardens in 1924 in the house in 1927.

Hollywoodphotos.com website

The finest collection of photos of Paul DeLongpre and his residence is on the hollywoodphotos.com website. The website has thousands of photographs of such subjects as the Brown Derby, Gilmore Field and the Hollywood Canteen.

 

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