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Paul DeLongpre Residence Photos

Vintage photographs of Paul DeLongpre’s Residence

The largest collection of vintage photos of Paul DeLongpre and his residence is in the hollywoodphotographs.com website. All of the photographs are available for purchase.

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One of Hollywood's most famous residents was Paul Delongpre. Born in France in 1885, DeLongpre started painting flowers when he was 12. A bank failure in Paris brought him to New York in 1886, where he began again with an exhibition of floral paintings. Flowers were expensive and there were not a great variety in New York. In 1889, DeLongpre moved to Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

DeLongpre loved bicycling around the area looking for flowers. He found the most exotic, year-round supply in Hollywood.He made friends with the Blondeaus and grass families with whom he spoke French. They urged him to move to Hollywood.

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At an exhibition of his paintings in Los Angeles he met Daeida Wilcox Beveridge. When he spoke to her about his wish for a house in Hollywood, Daeida acted swiftly. She gave DeLongpre the site of her own home, three 65 foot lots on the west side of Cahuenga, one block north of Prospect Avenue.

DeLongpre Builds Hollywood Home

The Beveridges move their old wooden farmhouse where Harvey had died one block north to Yucca Avenue. With their real estate business booming, they built a beautiful home for themselves at Prospect and Wilcox Avenue.  DeLongpre built his house, studio and guesthouse in 1901. A year later, the artist offered Daeida three of his paintings for the corner lot at Prospect Avenue, so he could enlarge his flower garden.

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Daeida’s ability to balance business and art-work beautifully. The more morally clenched Wilcox – minded locals leapt up DeLongpre. He painted flowers, not nudes. With its arbor and profuse floral varieties, the DeLongpre home became one of the great tourist attractions in Southern California.

The streetcars that went from Los Angeles, through Hollywood, to Santa Monica and back to Los Angeles was known as the balloon excursion route. Passengers disembarked when the streetcar reached the Delongpre residence and would enter his home to view the many floral paintings. They were also allowed to walk through the garden as long as they were careful not to damage the flowers.

DeLongpre's Studio

His studio was always filled with at least 50 finished flower paintings. He would stand aloofly as herds of seasonal visitors shuffled across his Oriental rugs, ogling at his filigree chairs, plush loveseats and floral art.

Ancillary businesses bloomed. The largest Hollywood prints and Hollywood arc company photographed and colored DeLongpre’s paintings and sold them internationally as prints and postcards. It operated at Prospect and Gower avenues, behind the home of Sanford Rich.

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Every year, on his birthday, DeLongpre invited Hollywood to a lawn party, and everyone joyfully went. Evening smokers for gentlemen were also favored invitations.  In June 1911, Paul Delongpre died after battling cancer for two years. In his will, DeLongpre thanked Daeida for her friendship. If he had a regret, it was that few local people had bought his paintings, preferring to borrow them instead for their art societies.

DeLongpre’s widow, Josephine, wanted to sell the estate and returned to France. This she did and returned to France with her three daughters.

Other photos in the hollywoodphotographs.com collection include such images as the Hollywood Brown Derby, theaters, restaurants and nightclubs.

 

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