An outlet for all things Keaton!
The ravings of a die-hard Busterphile, silent film maven, and mental time-traveler. Just spreading the Busterness across cyberspace and looking forward to a little dinner and a show!
From time to time, you'll find a few other things on my blog, like Boardwalk Empire & Richard Harrow. And stock car racing. And some music and stuff.
By now, we all know the story of how Buster Keaton’s wifey ix-nay’d the lovely little ranch house he built for her as a surprise in 1925. Bought, paid for, and furnished - it just wasn’t big enough or posh enough for Natalie’s taste, and Buster had to regroup and build the famous Italian Villa in order to satisfy his beloved.
Here’s the little ranchie. Granted, it lacks a today’s sense of “curb appeal,” but these are big, narrow lots and it stretches quite a way back on the property. Four bedrooms, five baths and almost 5,000 sq. ft.
I’m working on trying to find some “period” pics of the house. It’s probably undergone a facelift or two since 1925, but this is what it looks like today. Buster apparently designed the home pretty much on his own. He would have made a great architect!