The architect originally designed the Italianate style house for William W. Beerman. By 1930 it was the home of Film Screenwriter Delmer Daves. After studying civil engineering and law at Stanford University, Daves worked as a prop boy on the movie set, "The Covered Wagon" in 1923, and developed a fascination for Native Americans while working on the film. He quit a promising law career to live among Arizona's Navajo and Hopi Indians. Later he would take acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse. After appearing in three early "talkies", he turned to screenwriting. By 1965, he had scripted 44 screenplays, including "The Petrified Forest" (1936), "The Farmer's Daughter" (1940), "Stage Door Canteer" (1943), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Youngblood Hawke" (1964).