Westchester Breezeway Exhibit – Panel 5

Dickenson & Gillespie Real Estate Office

Circa 1920, Fritz B. Burns is sent to Los Angeles by a midwestern real estate development company to open the Palisades Del Rey Dickinson & Gillespie Co. office, leading a sales team of 100 men in the promotion of land sales on the cliffs of what is now Playa del Rey. The land office still stands today, where Culver Boulevard ends and curves south down Vista del Mar. These lots were promoted to the wealthy and celebrity of Los Angeles, to build their “riviera” homes. Such celebrities as film director/producer/actor Cecil B. DeMille and actor Charles Bickford were among the first to buy and build. 

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