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Old Posted Apr 23, 2010, 6:54 PM
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I've always been intrigued by the story of the Higgins-Verbeck house at 637 S. Lucerne, just above Wilshire.
It has been attributed to John Austin and built in either 1897 or 1902 (reports vary) at 2619 Wilshire (northeast corner Rampart),
between Westlake and Lafayette parks, and moved westward--with a Verbeck family party taking place inside
enroute--one night in June 1924. The house appears even bigger up on its berm on Lucerne, but the current overdone fencing,
paving, and planting detract a good deal from the original effect. Apparently it was once cheaper to move a building this size
than to build something new--such moves were not uncommon in L.A. and elsewhere--but it must have cost a
small fortune to build a new foundation, put the house back together, repair plaster etc.

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