The lavish Louis XV staircase may seem at odds with the somber, fortress-like Tudor exterior, but Colcord was famous for his flexibility and willingness to accede an owner's design preference, even if it didn't jibe with his own taste. The Harris house has passed through the hands of several of celebrities including Dean Martin, who had Colcord add a massive entertainment area in 1974. The home belongs to Nicholas Cage, who recently listed it for sale at nearly $30 million. For more information on Parsons' book, go to the Angel City Press website at www.angelcitypress.com.
Maynard L. Parker