Historic Place of the Month - February 2012

February’s Historic Place of the Month was:

The Anderson Residence

Located in Park Moderne, the Andy Anderson Residence is one of the best examples of a Pueblo Revival style house in Southern California. It has also been identified as being eligible for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Andy (Herbert S.) Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893. When he was a teenager, he moved to Turret, Colorado. After the move, Anderson left his family to work as a cowpoke, which is when he started carving wood. In 1927, to be closer to his parents, he moved to California. Anderson’s small woodcarvings, mostly of horses and cowboys, were collected by U.S. presidents and movie stars. Between 1933 and 1935 over 10,000 people - among them Walt Disney – visited his hand-built home and admired the life-sized carvings in his front yard, including a man hanging from a noose strung up in the oak tree. Anderson also designed sets for “The Frontiersman” with Gary Cooper. Among the constant stream of celebrities and tourists who visited him was Jimmy Durante and his first wife, who often refused to go home with him. He would return several days later to retrieve her. Thus came the famous line with which he closed every show: “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

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