SERENE SETTING AT GREYSTONE PARK|
Flowers dot the pathway to the main mansion on left. Inside the grand estate, on right, is the view from the second floor looking down to origional marble terraza.
Greystone For All OccasionsBy: Sherry Dodd – Courier Staff Writer
Greystone Park and mansion right in the heart of Beverly Hills at 905 Loma Vista Dr. (north of Sunset Blvd.) is a place to go to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. Once driving through the wrought iron gates of the estate, and stroll the manicured grounds, you are transported back in time to another era. It’s free and wonderful.
This land parcel of 415 acres was originally owned by oil-tycoon Edward Laurence Doheny, who was one of the first men to strike oil in California. He gave a 12.58 acre parcel, as a gift, to his only son Edward “Ned” Laurence Doheny, Jr. and his wife Lucy and their five children.
Greystone mansion, a 55-room fortress-like tudor home with over 46,000 sq. ft. of living space, is closed to the public except on rare occasions. It was designed in 1927 by architect Gordon B. Kaufmann and was constructed by the P.J. Walker Company. The landscape artist was Paul G. Thiene who used a mix of neo-classical and gothic style. The original cost to construct the entire estate was $3,166,780.
The home has three ft. thick grey limestone exterior walls, thus the name, and a Welsh slate roof. Although in 1929 the home was scene to a real life murder/suicide when Ned Doheny was killed in the library by his male secretary who then turned the gun on himself. Doheny’s widow occupied the home until 1955, when she passed away.
A large parcel of the property was then sold to Paul Trousdale Corporation and became the adjacent Trousdale Estates. The remaining 18.3 acres of land including the mansion were bought by Henry Crown of Park Grey Corporation. Park Grey never occupied the site and the estate remained vacant until 1965 when the city of BH purchased the property from Crown and built a 19-million gallon reservoir and dedicated the site as a public park in 1971.
Greystone was declared a historical landmark in 1976 and was placed on the Register Of Historic Places.
The estate, in a backdrop of ponds, multi colored flowers and lush landscaping, has been used for numerous movies including Indecent Proposal, The Witches Of Eastwick, Ghostbusters II, The Loved One, Dead Ringer and Forever Amber. Many TV series, music videos and commercials have used the opulent setting of the grounds to full advantage. Former President Bill Clinton held two fundraisers at Greystone.
Many people rent the grounds for parties, birthday celebrations and marriages. Kirk and Anne Douglas renewed their vows after 50 years of marriage at Greystone in 2003 and actor James Woods was married there.
The BH Flower & Garden Design Showcase has been created to raise funds necessary for the upkeep of the entire park, mansion and grounds.
For the past three year participation of members of the American Society of Interior Designers have renovated several rooms on the first and second floor and have brought the home closer to it’s 1920’s glory, transforming it from top to bottom in a design showcase display. This year the BH Flower and Garden Showcase is scheduled for November 5 and 6.
Limited tickets are available the upcoming season events which include “Beverly Hills Live!.” a concert series in the couryard July through September, High Tea On the Terrace at 4 p.m. on June 11, July 10 and August 7. Music in the Morning Concerts for Children at 10 a.m. July 24, August 21 and September 26. Classics In The Park, a performance of Midummer Nights Dream is on Sunday, July 24 at 4:30 p.m.
The grounds are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in Summer until 6 p.m. For information about special events call (310) 550-4654
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