House Built for Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz


The home is at the end of a long drive, and it’s paved with stone, rather than yellow brick.

Private and luxurious, the Beverly Hills estate was first built for actor Bert Lahr, best known for his role as the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz.” Lahr had just finished playing the Lion when he hired architect Paul Williams to build a colonial-revival-style home.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in the 1970s, Williams explained that Lahr wanted a cozy stone fireplace, wood paneling and “graceful entryway” that inspired a feeling of home…