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Dennis & Farwell and Oliver P. Dennis Architecture Photographs
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library Photo Archives
    Title: Dennis & Farwell and Oliver P. Dennis architecture photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 218
    Physical Description: 1.67 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1895-1913
    Abstract: Photographs of Los Angeles-area buildings and residences designed by Oliver P. Dennis or his partnership Dennis & Farwell, approximately 1895 to 1913.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Dennis & Farwell and Oliver P. Dennis architecture photographs, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Stephen White Gallery, February 1978.

    Biographical / Historical

    Dennis & Farwell was a Los Angeles architecture firm formed in 1895 by architects Oliver P. Dennis (1858-1927) and Lyman Farwell (1864-1933). They designed many commercial, institutional, and grand residential buildings in the Los Angeles region through 1913, when the partnership dissolved.

    Dennis continued working on his own or in brief partnerships into the early 1920s. Farwell went on to serve in the California State Assembly.

    Biographical / Historical

    Oliver P. Dennis was born in New York and worked as an architect from 1889 to 1895 in Tacoma, Washington. From 1895-1913 he was part of the partnership Dennis & Farwell in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Contents

    Two albums of photographs of buildings and houses designed by Oliver P. Dennis or Dennis & Farwell, primarily in the Los Angeles area, approximately 1895-1913. One album is titled: "Dennis and Farwell. Architects, Los Angeles," and the other: "Oliver P. Dennis, Architect, Los Angeles," though some buildings appear in both albums. The prints are black and white and primarily 8 x 10 inches, and there are no identifications except for a few names in pencil. The images include many exteriors and interiors of grand residences of the turn of the 20th century, showing furnishings and decor. Identified residences include those of: Henry Fisher, Redlands (1897); Erasmus Wilson, West Adams (1903); John Cline, West Adams (1903) and Rollin B. Lane, Hollywood (1909), now the Magic Castle nightclub. Other buildings shown include: Union Bank, Pasadena (many interiors), Culver City Grammar School, Hotel Hollywood (1902), Merchants Trust Company building, Hotel Chickasaw, F.P. Fay building, as well as high schools, churches, and other office buildings. Several houses and buildings are unidentified.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, late-20th century. In 2021, Suzanne Oatey created a finding aid.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Architecture -- California -- 19th century
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture, Domestic -- California -- Los Angeles
    Commercial buildings -- California -- Los Angeles
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    Schools -- California -- Los Angeles
    Photograph albums
    Dennis & Farwell
    Dennis, Oliver P., 1858-1927
    Farwell, Lyman, 1864-1933
    Magic Castle (Club)