Park French Map of Toluca Lake 1936 SOLD A869

Fabulous in every way. The new minted celebrity enclave of Toluca Lake, with its Lakeside golf club and proximity to the Santa Anita racetrack, celebrated its exclusive roster of property owners (top of the list is Bing Crosby) with this swankily deco style map. The design decor was executed by artist and architect Park French.

21.5″ x 29.5″.

Price on request.

Born in Denver, CO on Dec. 13, 1881, Park McKee French graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and studied art in NYC under Robert Henri.  He settled in Los Angeles in 1922 and further studied at the Chouinard School under Dike, Sheets, and Barse Miller.  Most of his career was spent as an art director for the movie studios and architect for the homes of stars Pickford, Fairbanks, and Talmadge.  He died in Los Angeles on March 16, 1974.

In 1923,  investors bought and developed the land later known as Toluca Lake as “Toluca Lake Park”. This initial venture failed, but a new group soon took over, renaming the development company “The Toluca Lake Company”. With a “vision of creating a first ‘bedroom community’ for Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley”, the company formally changed the name of the community to simply Toluca Lake and adopted as their logo the “swan on rippled water” image still associated with the community today. Soon members of the film colony began to move there. It’s still pretty swell there.