Thursday, July 27, 2006

Valley Oddities

The first of a series in which we explore the strange, the peculiar & the slightly off-kilter

This round house stands halfway up La Tuna Canyon Road in the Northeast corner of the Valley.

I discovered it a while back during a cycling trip. It's one of several round houses I've come across in and around the Valley. But this one, with its crown and columns, is the most spectacular so far. I wonder if it was built as a home, originally, or if it started out as a spa or a restaurant or as some other attraction. One day I'll knock on the door and find out.

Be sure to click on the image to see all the detail.


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11:14 AM  
Blogger onfoyou said...

Greets to the webmaster of this wonderful site! Keep up the good work. Thanks.

9:39 AM  
Blogger M2 said...

Thank you! Keep coming!


11:21 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I grew up in Sun Valley, CA. When I was in high school in the early 70s, my friends and I would go up in those hills and hang out, etc. One of my friends always told me that that house was built round so the "ghosts had no corners to hide in"! After seeing your picture, I'll have to go up La Tuna Cyn and take a look at that house again, after all these years. I always wondered, was my friend right?? :-)

10:48 PM  
Blogger Blondielocks63 said...

As a child, I lived at 8705 La Tuna Canyon Rd., now where the dam sits. The round house was my favorite house on the road, which didn't go through to the la Crescenta side at the time. I went to the house often and was inside a few times. It's constructed of bottles, I can't recall if all but at least part of it is. My mother told me that in the early 1920's, her parents (my grandparents) used to go there when it was a cotillion (a dance place). Can you just imagine roaring 20's dances there?!? I imagine there were patios or a dance floor around it as the building doesn't seem large enough for dances. It's such a cool place.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Mr. Footprint said...

Believe it or not... the Boy Scouts used to go on hiking & camping outings here ... Our parents dropped us off in the driveway...and we hiked up and around to the hills behind.... (1947 & 1948)

Always a Valley Landmark .... WONDERFUL!!

Thanks for the Pics !!

5:16 PM  
Blogger it's all fluff said...

I grew up in Tujunga, 1976-1984; rumor was that, this has was built round, as the wife of the owner said she would haunt her husband when she died in every corner of the house, thus, her husband built it round, without corners. Made for a fun tale to tell.

8:47 AM  
Blogger the b said...

I live in Okla. but used to live out there. I shared this on a site, and there are conflicting reports as to when it was built. One person said 1940. I am interested on "locks" comments..nothing like eyewitness. Was there a fire place in center of house? Thank you. Robert Fishback Tulsa OK

11:20 AM  

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