History

A TRUE HOLLYWOOD ESTATE

Lombardi House is one of the oldest homes still standing in Hollywood.

Originally built as a modest one and one half story, shingle style residence, this historic estate was expanded in the 1930s to include colonial revival additions. Once owned by United States Senator Cornelius Cole, who maintained the property for his horses, it was also home to J.C. Newitt, one of the founding directors of the Hollywood Board Trade. The estate was then acquired by Philip and Sylvia Lombardi, retired Vaudevillian performers who moved west from New York City in the 1940s. As vocal coaches to some of the era’s most renowned performers of opera, film and Broadway music, they made their mark in Hollywood coaching Nelson Eddy for his role in

the film, Rosemarie, as well as country singer Johnny Horton.

Lombardi House soon became known among the Hollywood elite for the hospitality and discretion of its owners who entertained with great style and aplomb. Music, song and raucous laughter filled this historic Hollywood home as guests dined on fine china and crystal, enjoying the luxury and trappings of this grand estate. Son Raymond Coari Lombardi carried on the family tradition maintaining the property until 2004. He is still remembered warmly by his neighbors for his charming humor and “big heart.”