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You’re Invited to MADE in Beverly Hills | May 4-7, 2023

For architecture lovers and fans of Modernism Week in Palm Springs look no further than the just launched MADE in Beverly Hills, an exciting four day festival celebrating the arts, architeecture, fashion, design, and outdoor landscapes throughout the beautiful city of Beverly Hills. We’re only a month away from the opening night celebration at the historic Greystone Mansion.

A little bit about Greystone Mansion: Greystone and the surrounding grounds it shares its magnificent beauty with, are rich in California history. Greystone Mansion was designed by the renowned Southern California architect Gordon B. Kaufmann and was constructed by the P.J. Walker Company. The landscape architect was Paul G. Thiene who used a potpourri of Gothic and neoclassic architectural styles. There are fifty-five livable rooms within the 46,054 square feet of living space in the Mansion. Construction of the palatial manor home began February 15, 1927 and although Edward “Ned” Laurence Doheny, Jr, his wife Lucy, and their five children moved into the residence in September 1928, the estate took three years to complete at a cost of over $3 million, an almost unimaginable sum in real estate at the time. In addition to the Mansion, originally located on the grounds were stables and kennels, tennis courts, a fire station, gatehouse, swimming pool and pavilion, a greenhouse, a lake, babbling brooks and cascading waterfalls.  But on the night of February 16, 1929, only five months after the family had moved in, Ned Doheny was found shot to death inside the home, at the age of 35 and the victim of an apparent murder-suicide perpetrated by his longtime personal friend and aid Hugh Plunket. Lucy continued living at Greystone until 1955, after which she and her second husband Leigh M. Battson sold the majority of the original land to the Paul Trousdale Corporation, developers of Beverly Hills’ prestigious “Trousdale Estate” homes. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the property from Mr. Crown in 1965 for approximately $1.3 million with plans to install a 19-million gallon water tank on the property as its hilltop site provided tremendous natural water pressure. This site continues to serve as the City of Beverly Hills’ largest reservoir.

Tickets to the opening night party at the Mansion cost $150 and include champagne and wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a live performance from The Dreamboats. In addition to the Greystone reception, there are multiple talks, home tours, film screenings, and parties ranging from free to $10 dollars and beyond. Let me know which special events you will be attending and if you’ll be at The Mansion for a sunset toast on opening night!

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