Thursday, February 3, 2011

Schumacher House, Harry E. Weiner, Architect 1925

Spanish Revival style house originally designed for Harry F. Schumacher by Architect Harry E. Weiner in 1925. By 1930, it was the home of Frederic Zelnik, one of the most important producers-directors of the German silent cinema. After Hitler took power in 1933, Zelnik moved to London where he continutued to direct and produce films until his death in 1950.

The house has a grisly past. On December 6, 1959, Dr. Harold Perelson, a heart specialist, bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer at the house, and severly beat his 18-year old daughter, Judye, while the two younger children slept soundly in their rooms. Judye survived the beating, running to a neighbor's house to call for help. When the two younger children awoke asking what all the screaming was about, their father told them they were having a nightmare and to go back to sleep.

Before the police arrived, Peterson drank a glass of poison, instantly killing himself. The children were taken into custody and the mansion was locked up until about a year later, when it was purchased by Emily and Julian Enriquez through a probate auction sale. The Enriquez family has never occupied the mansion; standing vacant for more than 50 years. Apparently the Perelson's furniture and belongings remain as they did on the night of the fatal stabbing; a Los Angeles Times article from February 6, 2009 states that half-wrapped presents and the Christmas tree still stands in the living room.

Located at 2475 Glendower Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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