2443 South Western Avenue
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Illinois inventor Robert W. Gardner had made a fortune developing an improved type of engine regulator and other equipment needed by the emerging oil- and gas-producing industries; his daughter Effie Neustadt spent the capital she inherited building houses by top Los Angeles architects. She died just as she had finished her latest, in Pasadena; before that one, she had built at least three on emerging residential Wilshire Boulevard. Her grandest effort once stood in the established West Adams district at the northwest corner of Adams Street and Western Avenue. More on Mrs. Neustadt and her houses is here.