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Old Posted Mar 26, 2013, 7:44 PM
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Per the website of the Cal Delta chapter of Phil Delta Theta:

"In 1896, Baudelio Salazar, a Mexican Senator from Chihuahua, moved to Los Angeles to become the Mexican Consul for Southern California. During that time, he built a two story house located at 1005 W. 28th St. A few years later, the house became the Los Angeles residence of Nils Bagge, a young Swedish mining engineer who developed the Almoloya gold mines in Chihuahua and other real estate throughout the Southwest and Mexico. The house was described as one of the city’s most artistic and attractive homes, with a wealth of tropical trees, shrubs and climbing vines on the grounds.

"Frederick O. Johnson purchased the house from Bagges in 1905. He was the proprietor of the prestigious Hotel Westminster in downtown Los Angeles. His sister and brother-in-law had recently built a home in nearby Chester Place. The Johnsons and their two children loved the garden of their unique home, and over the next 15 years added a conservatory off the dining room, a greenhouse, and propagating room and even purchased the property to the north in order to enlarge their garden and make room for a pergola and carriage house. They also enlarged the house, adding the two story domed parlor and a sleeping porch (later enclosed to become the bedroom over the Egyptian Room).

"F.O. Johnson lived there until his death in 1943; his funeral was held in the house. In 1950, his widow sold the house to the recently chartered Cal Delta chapter.

Los Angeles Herald March 4, 1910
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