Los Angeles home restoration pro gives life to old homes

Leonard Fenton

When it comes to restoring historic homes Leonard Fenton has a true understanding of how time consuming, detailed and costly preservation projects can be.

An entrepreneur who sold his ad agency to Microsoft, Fenton has spent roughly his entire adult life, at least 25 years, restoring his home – a 1913 historic mansion atop the Hollywood Hills.

Dubbed Artemesia, the mansion represents the largest Craftsmen residence ever built at 13,000 square feet.

Spanning the past three to four years, Fenton treated the restoration of the eight-bedroom, seven-bath mansion as a full-time undertaking, putting “millions and millions” of dollars into updates, repairs, decorations, staging and preservation. In short, the original cost of the property is significantly dwarfed by…