Ben Abril (1923 - 1995 Los Angeles, CA)
'The Rochester House'
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: Ben Abril, signed again, titled and inscribed verso, signed again and titled on the stretcher
36' H x 48' W

Provenance: Private Collection, La Canada, CA.

Notes: The artist's inscription verso reads: 'This painting was finished in September 1970. The next day the 83 year old house was moved from it's original site. The Victorian mansion was designed and built by architect Rufus H. Dorn in 1887 as a private residence for he and his family. Named after Dorn's native city of Rochester, N.Y., the building became a high class rooming house and apartments after the original owner died. After World War II it was a disreputable hotel, then became a flop house and finally in 1967 the decaying structure became vacant except for vandals who all but wrecked it's interior. In 1969 the sum of $200,000.00 was raised in a fund drive by the Historic Los Angeles Assn. and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development for renovation as a historical monument.'
Framed size: 37.5' H x 49.5' W x 1.5' D.

  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Craquelure scattered throughout the sky. Stretcher bar crease along the right edge. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.

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