Just Above Sunset
November 27, 2005 - Greystone Mansion













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You've seen this place in the movies.

Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills - architect Gordon B. Kaufman - English Gothic Revival - 46,000 square feet of living space - completed in 1928 for the Doheny family - landscape architect, Paul G. Thiene - gardens surrounding the estate a mix of gothic and neoclassic -

A new album of twenty-six photos from Wednesday, November 23, 2005, late afternoon is here.

Oil baron Edward Doheny gave the property to his son Ned as a wedding gift. In 1928, Ned constructed this enormous, fifty-five-room Tudor-style mansion. Six months after Ned's family moved in, Ned was shot by his personal secretary (and, rumor has it, gay lover) in a murder-suicide. Ned's widow and children stayed on until the fifties, then the family gave the property to the city of Beverly Hills, and it and the grounds are now a public park.

It may look familiar. Many major Hollywood films were shot here (see this).  And read this for a detailed social and political history of the place and the times.

Selected shots from the album, in high-resolution  -

Named for its roof - in the background Century City and MGM offices –

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

Filming (can't go in!) -

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

Spooky late afternoon sunlight –

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

Your basic fountain –

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

A gothic touch -

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

The upper courtyard –

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

The lower courtyard –

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005

A quiet chat in the gardens –

Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 23 Nov 2005
















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There is a copyright notice at the bottom of this page, of course.

These were shot with a Nikon D70 – lens AF-5 Nikor 18-70mm 1:35-4.5G ED

They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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