The Hollywood Reporter recently announced that writers/producers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler will be taking over as showrunners for the sophomore season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed “Perry Mason” reboot, which debuted last summer. Set in 1930s Los Angeles, the inaugural season served as the eponymous lawyer’s origin story, with the final episode ending where Erle Stanley Gardner’s famed series of books began, as prospective client Eva Griffin (Kristin Slaysman) knocks on the doors of Mason & Associates, just as she did in the prolific author’s premiere novel, 1933’s “The Case of the Velvet Claws.”
Whatever may transpire in the reboot’s second season, here’s hoping the new showrunners are as deft as their predecessors at bringing a Depression-era City of Angels to life onscreen. One spot that likely won’t be making an encore appearance? The stately manse where Perry’s (Matthew Rhys) mentor, Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan (John Lithgow), lived, being that the beleaguered barrister – spoiler! – met his untimely and unexpected demise in episode four.
To portray the once-prominent attorney’s lofty home, “Perry Mason” producers tapped a Tudor Revival-style estate located at 330 S. Irving Blvd. in L.A.’s prominent Hancock Park/Winsdor square neighborhood. (Disclaimer: Please remember this is a private home. Do not trespass or bother the residents or the property in any way.) The setting was an obvious choice being that the area screams “old money” perhaps more than any other place in the city.
With a handsome half-timber and brick exterior, as well as a spacious five bedrooms and four baths spread across 4,120 square feet, the manse is nothing if not grand, and perfectly suited to represent the glory of bygone Los Angeles. In fact, the residence was originally commissioned in 1923 as the private home of prominent L.A. builder Luther Townes Mayo, who pegged his frequent collaborator, architect Edward B. Rust, to design it. The duo was also behind the city’s first cooperative building, the oft-filmed Los Altos Apartments. In a foreshadowing twist, Edward is often referred to as “E.B.” Rust, much like the television character who would one day call the Tudor property he designed home!