The history of our home is the history of the Ocean Avenue Bluffs — a peak in the window to the enterprise, adventure and will of the great Californian spirit.
Built in 1910 for Henry Weyse, a local attorney, it was designed by the acclaimed architect Robert D. Farquhar. Designed in Craftsman and Colonial Revival style, it is a home that exemplifies unique and distinctive architectural characteristics.
Robert Farquhar was born in Brooklyn in 1872, and graduated from Harvard in 1893. He went to complete his architectural degree at MIT in 1895.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1905 and began his illustrious career as an architect.
He left the United State to move to Italy to serve with the American Red Cross in 1918, and he returned a year later to Los Angeles.
Some of Robert Farquhar’s most noteworthy and significant works include the California Club, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the Beverly Hills High School.
In 1944, Farquhar worked on the design of the Pentagon. Today, UCLA’S Department of Special Collections is the home to his archived architectural drawings.
Marion Jones, Robert Farquhar’s wife, was a remarkable woman, an inspiring athlete, and a talented musician.
Marion Jones won the U.S. Women’s Tennis Title in 1899 and 1902, and won the mixed doubles titles in 1901.
“At the 1900 Summer Olympics, Marion was the first American woman to win an Olympic medal. Also in 1900, Marion Jones was the first non-British woman to play at Wimbledon.”
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From 1920 until 1961, Marion Jones Farquhar was an established violinist and voice coach. She also translated opera librettos.
Marion’s father was Senator John P. Jones, a co-founder of Santa Monica. Georgina Avenue was named after Marion’s sister.
Twenty-three years after Robert Farquhar’s death in 1967, 401 Ocean Avenue was designated a City Landmark in 1990.
The first car races in the country were for the Vanderbilt Cup, sponsored by the Vanderbilt family at the turn of century. For years, Santa Monica was the host of famed event — lining the streets of Ocean Avenue, San Vincente and Pico Boulevard. The finish line was right in front of 401 Ocean Avenue — with thousands of spectators from around the country.
In the early 20th Century, an ‘out of town’ beach home for the LA’s most rich and famous was on Ocean Avenue. Elegant homes lined the Palisades Bluffs — perched above the Santa Monica Bay.
Hollywood was surely no stranger, with many films shot on this famed street. Charlie Chaplin’s “Mabel at the Wheel” was filmed in front of 401 Ocean.
Proudly perched about bluffs and the Pacific Ocean, 401 Ocean Avenue encompasses significant historical, architectural, and cultural meaning..