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Mail Bag! The Errol Flynn Blog Huntington Hartford Pool House!

19 Mar

The Errol Flynn Mailbag brings us a fascinating series of photos of Huntington Hartford’s Pool House from the period that Errol would have stayed there says Erik Nielsen. He provides some information about the photos which I include here with his permission:

Erik writes,This is a shot similar to the one your have on the Errol Flynn Blog:

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Looking  West more directly towards the living room:

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Looking to the living room across the pool. Note the pool is empty as in your photo:

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The Living Room looking towards the gallery the leads to the entry.
For reference to the size of the fireplace . . . the opening is 6′-10″ high:

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Living Room, looking towards the south and the pool beyond. The
kitchen is just to the left. Eating area towards the right:

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Looking down the gallery towards the Living Room.
The entry is to the left and the bedroom door is just behind the photographer.
The doors you see to the left are for the two changing rooms and bathroom:

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A photo I’d taken in 1973 of the ruin:

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Erik says, It was an extraordinary structure … the livingroom in particular. Basically, it was one bedroom which was at the end of the building. Along the galley were two doors that led to two changing room and a bathroom. Each of the changing rooms had doors to the outside for access to the pool. It.s a shame Jules Berman had it and the other buildings on the property destroyed.
Maybe someone following your website will come up with some additional photos.
I imagine that Hartford was using the mansion that McCormack built, which may explain why Flynn got the pool house.
As I recall ,there were two other cottages on the property closer to the mansion. The tennis court and pool house were quite a bit further up the road. All photos except the color shot taken by me in 1973 are from 1957.

 

– Thanks Erik!

— David DeWitt

 
 

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  1. Gentleman Tim

    March 19, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    WOW, Eric! That’s FANTASTIC!!! I was there a couple of years ago, but did not know this is is how it was in Errol’s day. Thank you! Wonderful!!

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  2. shangheinz

    March 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

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    Had it been up to HH, Mullholland Drive would have become a UFO colony- striktly for members only!
    www.mediaarchitecture.at/architekturtheorie/broadacre_city/2011_play_resort_en.shtml…

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    • Gentleman Tim

      March 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Mr. Wright may have been right, roswellheinz. When I first saw Hollywoodland in the early Eighties, there was a quite notable population of extraterrestrial-types looking for a place to call home and lay their weary mohawks.

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  3. timerider

    March 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Beautiful stone and woodwork, pity it had to be demolished.
    In other places it would have been restored. I need a place like this up in the AZ mountains by a lake. Then I need at least a 50 footer anchored in the Baja.

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  4. tassie devil

    March 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you David SO much. Why do they demolish all these places in the states. Tasmania has the most preserved history in all of

    Australia.

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  5. Gentleman Tim

    March 21, 2015 at 12:17 am

    It’s horrendous how many breathlessy beautiful and historically important structures have been destroyed in the name of “progress” (read: “greed”) over here, tassie devil. In the case of The Pines, which many people in LA confuse with Mulholland Farm, at least it was preserved as a rather wonderful park – with part of it’s very cool & famous gate, featured in the immortal clip below. (Earlier in the film, Richard Gere tells his sexy French partner that this was Errol Flynn’s place:

    Other images of The Pines:

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  6. David DeWitt

    March 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Erik wrote to me again:

    Hi David,

    Thank you for posting the photos. It seems that getting these photos on your Errol Flynn site might not only be of interest to others but might get someone else to post photos they have stuck away.

    I went back and looked at my old pool house notes and the fireplace opening was actually 6′-4″ . You may want to make the change.

    I also noticed some glare on the photos because of the shiny photo paper. My fault. . .I will re-shoot these when I have the chance and send them on again.

    Again, many thanks for posting them. . .

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