Abington is Home to PA’s Hollywood, Echoes Early Architecture of 20th Century Los Angeles

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Hollywood, Pennsylvania, located in Abington Township, is an architectural déjà vu that duplicates the Spanish Revival bungalows of early 20th century Los Angeles, writes Stacia Friedman for the Hidden City.

Built in 1928 by developer Gustav Weber, the neighborhood’s homes featured pastel-colored stucco exteriors along with red clay tile roofs, as well as arched windows and doors. Many of them also contained Moravian tile fireplaces and sidewalks from Mercer Tile Works in Doylestown.

At the time when they were completed, their prices ranged from $4,000 to $5,000.

Weber got the idea during his trip to the West Coast, but his timing was far from ideal. The Great Depression of 1929 caused him to go bankrupt and he never finished the development as originally planned.

When the project was taken over in the forties by a local developer, Sidney Robin, he built traditional houses in lieu of Spanish Revival bungalows.

However, Weber’s village of 174 picturesque bungalows still remains desirable to this day for its nod to Tinseltown. The prices are also affordable, with houses going for around $250,000.

Their placement in the Abington School District makes them especially attractive for young couples.

Read more about Hollywood, Pennsylvania in the Hidden City.