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Morey Amsterdam Residence – N HILLCREST RD – Beverly Hills, CA – Built 1958
Image by MidCentArc
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From the LA Times:
The four-bedroom Midcentury classic reflects the actor’s love for entertaining guests, including Ronald Reagan, at home.
The Beverly Hills Midcentury classic, with many of the original features and décor from the time of the comedian’s purchase nearly a half-century ago, has a ’60s vibe.
The single-story house was a place where guests could feel at home.
" Ronald Reagan would stop by to visit, and Dad would tell him jokes standing in the kitchen," said son Gregory Amsterdam, who lived there through his college years and beyond. "There were people popping in and out all the time."
The Amsterdams often entertained at home, throwing dinner parties in the formal dining room for 10 to 15 guests. Other times the area around the kidney-shaped swimming pool in the backyard was used for parties of 50 to 60, Amsterdam said.
"My father loved the sun," Amsterdam said, to the point where he would walk backward on a golf course to face it. The senior Amsterdam sometimes wrote jokes while lounging in the pool area. "If there was any hint of sun, he would be out there getting a suntan."
The family made additions to the house during their ownership, changing the footprint from a T-shape to a J by adding what they called a play room with large picture windows, a television, a card table and a desk, where the comic also worked on material.
The 5,854-square-foot house has walls of glass that open to the backyard, a living room with a fireplace and a step-down bar, a breakfast room, a den with a fireplace, four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms. There is a three-car garage and large motorcourt.
Morey Amsterdam, who died in 1996 at age 87, played fellow office worker Buddy Sorrell on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66). The gregarious actor was in show business for more than seven decades years.
"My father really loved people," Gregory Amsterdam said. "He’d go out to get the mail, and Starline Tour would go by and he’d stop to talk."
– June 19, 2010 – Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Walton Residence – Bentonville Arkansas – Built: 1958
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Architect: E. Fay Jones
House won 1961 AIA Honor Award
Photo: Maynard L. Parker
Copyright: Huntington Library
Photo Taken: April 1961
"In town, the Waltons preferred to keep a low profile. Take their home: Walton certainly could have afforded something as grand as William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon, but that wasn’t his style. Back in 1958, mostly at Helen’s instigation, Sam had agreed to hire an architect to build the family a nice home. They bought a lot in a wooded area on the east end of town and hired a young architecture professor from the University of Arkansas, E. Fay jones, who had been a student of Frank Lloyd Wrights. Jones dammed a small stream that burbled through the property to create a reflecting pond and a waterfall and then designed a 5,800 square-foot house, made of Arkansas fìeldstone, glass, and cedar beams, that bordered the pond and waterfall. with a wing bridging the stream. The design, long and low, was elegant but unobtrusive. Jones remembers worrying that what he’d designed might be out of the couple’s reach; but Helen’s money paid for most of the 0,000* cost. That house burned down one night in April 1972, struck by a bolt of lightning during a spring storm. The Waltons, blasted out of bed by the boom, escaped unscathed, but most of the house was consumed before firemen could put out the blaze. Helen Walton called on Jones again. This time, with all the children grown and living away from home (Alice was in her senior year of college), she had him redesign and enlarge the house for entertaining. “lt had the same basic outlines," Jones said, "but they could afford nicer materials" not to mention central air-conditioning, an extravagance Sam Walton hadn’t seen the need to spring for, the first time. As she had with the original house, Helen Walton took charge of working with Jones on the redesign. Sam Walton sat in occasionally. Mostly, as Jones recalls, "Sam would say, ‘Now Helen, do we really have to do this?’ and say, ‘Yes, Sam, we do.’ " While the home was being built, the Waltons lived in a double-wide mobile home on the property."
– Bob Ortega – In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and Wal-Mart, the World’s Most Powerful Retailer
*In 2010, that would be 0,000
Shuswap Lodge Retirement Residence in Salmon Arm
Image by BC Gov Photos
While touring Salmon Arm, Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan, visited the assisted living Shuswap Lodge Retirement Residence.
Learn more about housing and assisted living for seniors in British Columbia:
www.health.gov.bc.ca/assisted/about/ and www.seniorsbc.ca