PHOTO: Katy Perry at the 2013 Grammys. Closer Magazine

An L.A. house historian shares photos of the Los Feliz nunnery that has become the focus of a bitter, drawn-out legal battle.

Long before Katy Perry set her sights on owning a Los Feliz convent, the property on Waverly Drive was a canvas for a Hollywood set designer turned interior decorator named Harold Grieve. The year was 1927, and local radio station and SoCal Packard dealerships owner Earle C. Anthony hired Grieve to decorate his recently built Bernard Maybeck-designed estate. “I think Grieve’s work on the Anthony house was some of his best,” says L.A. House Histories founder David Silverman, a former Sony Pictures attorney who writes custom books about pedigreed houses for such clients as art-book publisher Benedikt Taschen. “It was definitely the most unique and distinctive work I saw of his.”