5470 W. Los Feliz Boulevard 90027 - Clifford Clifton Residence
5470 W. Los Feliz Boulevard 90027 Los Feliz USA
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, Spanish Colonial Revival
“Clifford Clifton Residence”
Historic-Cultural Monument #997, declared 5/18/2011
L. Katie Lauck, grantor to Nelda M. and Clifford E. Clinton 02/03/38. Clifford and Nelda Clinton to Lillian E. Schramm 01/25/49. (Source: LA Block Book Co.)
Original owners lost house to foreclosure. A realtor set up his office in the living room. In 1935 C. E. Clifton and family were first residents . Prior to the Clintons’ residence , (Source: Clinton’s daughter and heir to Clifton’s Cafeterias, Jean Clinton Roeschlaub.)
Clifford Clinton was the last entry in the Cafeteria Hall of Fame. Clinton, a descendent of New York Governor, DeWitt Clinton, was born in Berkeley of parents who were both captains in the Salvation Army. He was a missionary in China, returning to enter the restaurant business with his father. With $2,000 in capital, he opened his first cafeteria. (Source: Heustell, Bruce, “Sunshine and Wealth in Los Angeles in the 20’s and 30’s,” 1984.)
This was the home of Clifford E. Clinton, founder of the Clifton Cafeterias in 1931. In 1935, he received an unusual request from County Supervisor John Anson Ford who asked him to review the food purchasing at County General Hospital. That investigation led the supervisor to nominate him to the County Grand Jury in 1937, where he discovered rampant illegal gambling and prostitution being protected by the police and pay-offs that were being funneled through the mayor’s office. These revelations led to wire-tapping, harassment and threatening calls at the house, and finally, at midnight on October 28, 1937, a bomb went off in the kitchen. The bomber turned out to be LAPD Captain Earle Kynette who was sentenced to San Quentin for 10 years to life. This led a recall of Mayor Frank Shaw and the Chief of Police along with about 40 high-ranking officers and patrolman, who had been taking bribes and kickbacks. (Source: Donald Clinton, 2010).
Account of bombing of the house in “A Short History of Los Angeles,” Gordon DeMarco, 1988, p.137.
Arthur W. Larson, architect.
5470 Los Feliz Blvd (Value: $82,500): 1) John R. Lauer, owner and head of household; 68 year old married white male; married at age 28; born in Virginia; father born in Kentucky, mother in Virginia; not working. 2) Lukatie Lauer, wife; 62 year old white married female; married at age 19; born in Kentucky; father born in Ireland, mother in New York; not working. 3) William R. Grove, servant; 40 year old married Negro male; married at age 20; born in North Carolina; parents born in North Carolina; a servant in a private family. 4) Gertrude C. Grove, servant; 41 year old married Negro; married at age 21; born in New York; father born in New Jersey, mother in New York; a servant in a private family.
5470 Los Feliz Blvd. (Value: $30,000): 1) Clifford E. Clinton, head of household; white married male 39 years of age; born in California; proprietor/buyer for a restaurant; earns over $5000. 2) Nelda M. Clinton, wife; white married female 38 years of age; born in California; manager of a restaurant; earns $2,600. 3) Edmund J. Clinton, son; white single male 18 years of age; born in California; in school. 4) Jean Marion Clinton, daughter; white single female 16 years of age; born in California; in school. 5) Donald Clinton, son; white male 13 years of age; born in California; in school. 6) Fred A. Patterson, father-in-law; white married male 68 years of age; born in Iowa; caretaker in a private family; earns $600. 7) Dora B. Patterson, mother-in-law; white married female 65 years of age; born in Missouri; housekeeper in a private family; earns $360. 8) Nora G. Gilkey, maid; Negro single female 32 years of age; born in Arkansas; servant in a private family; earns $660. 9) Eleanor Cantwell, lodger; white married female 42 years of age; born in New York; waitress in a restaurant; earns $780. 10) Stephen E. Patterson, lodger; white divorced male 33 years of age; born in California; not working.
Type: Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Sold
Bed Rooms: 6
Area: 5,866 sqft
Lot Size: 14,840 sqft
Year Built: 1929