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Marjorie Monteleone Romer

February 1, 1923April 28, 2021

Marjorie Monteleone Romer was born on February 1, 1923 and passed away on April 28, 2021 and is under the care of GLENDALE FUNERAL HOME.

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Marjorie Monteleone Romer

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Cary Moore

June 5, 2021

I met Marjorie when I was exploring notable architecture in my neighborhood. I’d learned of Hill House in a guidebook to Los Angeles architecture and decided to go take a look at it. On a fall Saturday I drove over to Coronado, parked up the block a bit and walked back to the house. I hadn’t been standing on the sidewalk so much as thirty seconds when the door flew open and her husband Al appeared and invited me to come inside and have a look. Al was a fan of USC football and as the game was about to resume after halftime, he handed me off to Marjorie. She proceeded to give me a thorough tour both inside and out. I think we even looked at the water heater. I went away both astonished and immensely pleased at such a welcome for a complete stranger.

We stayed in occasional touch and later sometime after Al had died I was in a workshop with the Los Angeles Conservancy learning how to write a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument nomination. We were to research it and write it for a building of our choosing. I chose Hill House. I contacted Marjorie about the project and she invited me to bring the whole class for a visit when the project was complete! That was Marjorie.

Although she was hesitant at that time about monument status I was very pleased to learn that some years later she embraced the designation and that that wonderful house is now protected. With due respect to Mr. & Mrs. Hill the house Marjorie and Al lived in for far more decades than they ever did might more properly be known as Romer House.