Welcome aboard the Delorean! Marty McFly here to take you on a journey to the affluent and trendy community of Encino. The Delorean has the required plutonium plus some random garbage in the Mr. Fusion reactor ready for this trip. The time circuits are set to sometime in 1926 (actual date unknown) and the flux capacitor is.........fluxxing. The engine is running (not stalled this time) so we need to hurry. Hang on, as the ride can be a little bumpy as we travel back in time to the Edward Evertt Horton Ranch Estate known as "Belly Acres" or "Belleigh Acres" at 5521 Amestoy Avenue in Encino.
Before we discuss the estate of Mr. Horton, lets talk about the comic actor Mr. Horton. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 18, 1886. He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons. His career started in 1906 in small roles in Vaudeville and Broadway production. By the 1920s, he was getting roles in Hollywood films. He acted in more than 120 films during his career including noteworthy films such as The Front Page (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Alice in Wonderland (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935, one of several Astaire/Rogersfilms in which Horton appeared), Danger - Love at Work (1937), Lost Horizon (1937), Holiday (1938), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944),Pocketful of Miracles (1961), and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). He last appeared in a non-speaking role in Cold Turkey (1971).
He also developed his own "double take" as explained by Wikipedia:
Horton's screen character was instantly defined from his earliest talkies: pleasant and dignified, but politely hesitant when faced with a potentially embarrassing situation. Horton soon cultivated his own special variation of the time-honored double take (an actor's reaction to something, followed by a delayed, more extreme reaction). In Horton's version, he would smile ingratiatingly and nod in agreement with what just happened; then, when realization set in, his facial features collapsed entirely into a sober, troubled mask.He also played many roles on Television including the TV show, I Love Lucy, where he played the character "Mr. Ritter" in 1952. In addition to Film and Television, he lent his hand to radio including a role as "Chief Screaming Chicken" on Batman as a pawn to Vincent Price's Egghead in the villain's attempt to take control of Gotham City (Wikipedia).
|From the Los Angeles Public Library: Exterior front side view of the house and lawn of actor Edward Everett Horton on Amestoy Avenue in Encino. The estate consisted of 140 acres, which were being farmed on November 7, 1937.|
|From the Los Angeles Public Library: Exterior of the house and lawn of actor Edward Everett Horton on Amestoy Avenue in Encino. (This appears to be sometime in the 40's or 50's by looking at the car in the image).|
|From the Los Angeles Public Library; Hollywood Citizen News/Valley Times Collection: Exterior view of Edward Everett Horton's Encino home. It contains 17 rooms, 14 practical fireplaces, a banquet hall which measures 40 by 34 feet with a 16-foot ceiling, and a music room which measures 28 by 34 feet. Photograph dated October 18, 1962.|
|From Historicaerials.com: This image from 1952 shows a very rural Encino with no 101 Freeway. I left the labels "on" in this image to show where the 101 Freeway was built in relation to Mr. Horton's estate. His estate is in the center left portion just above the 101 Freeway. On a separate note, at the very top of this image is the old RKO Movie Ranch.|
|From Historicaerials.com: This image from 1972 shows the completed 101 Freeway. By now, the Encino area is becoming much more developed with "pockets" of ranch homes remaining like Mr. Hortons. You can see how the 101 Freeway essentially created a division with Mr. Horton's estate and his access to the neighborhoods south of the 101 Freeway. However, he did have a convenient concrete bridge to cross the 101 Freeway.|
|From Historicaerials.com: This image from 1977 shows that Mr. Horton's ranch was completely demolished to make way for condominiums. However Amestoy avenue where his home was located above the 101 Freeway was changed to his name as a form of gratitude.|
|Courtesy Google Maps|
|101 Pedestrian Bridge from Edward Everett Horton Lane|
|101 Freeway from Pedestrian Bridge|
|101 Freeway from Louise Ave Bridge. Pedestrian Bridge near Horton estate is in background|
|Edward Everett Horton Lane Street Sign (only 1 exists)|