2443 South Western Avenue
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Illinois inventor Robert W. Gardner had made a fortune developing an improved type of engine regulator and other equipment needed by the emerging oil- and gas-producing industries; his daughter Effie Neustadt spent the capital she inherited building houses by top Los Angeles architects. She died just as she had finished her latest, in Pasadena; before that one, she had built at least three on emerging residential Wilshire Boulevard. Her grandest effort once stood in the established West Adams district at the northwest corner of Adams Street and Western Avenue; just a year after completing 2443—designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey—Effie decided to move on to Pasadena, selling the house to music dealer James T. Fitzgerald, who was moving four blocks east from 3115 West Adams. More on Mrs. Neustadt and her houses is here.