All homes are significant—to their owners if no one else—but a select few enjoy special pedigrees that link them with the history of their place. On a lush hillside in Los Feliz, architect Henry Harwood Hewitt—a Colorado native who studied at MIT and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before settling in Los Angeles—designed this Mediterranean-style villa in the late 1920s for golfer Clement E. Smoot, who helped the United States secure a gold medal in the 1904 summer Olympics and went on to become a successful entrepreneur.

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