The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society
Invites you to visit the
Saturday, July 21, 2018
At 10 am – we will tour for about 2 hours
The address is 10 Chester Place. This is just off Adams Blvd. west of Figueroa – a little bit – it is on the Mount St. Mary’s Campus. Not too far from the Auto Club building – security will tell you where to park.
The main house is eclectic, with a combination of Gothic, Chateauesque, Moorish and California Mission styles. Built in 1899 the Doheny family lived here for nearly 60 years. Wear walking shoes.
The restaurant where we can have a no host lunch is the Grinder at 28th & Figueroa – Adams which could be considered 27th so you see it is close by – free parking at both places.
For easiest parking enter the Grove through the Fairfax entrance
Between Beverly Boulevard and Third Street ( on Farmers Market Place) and park in either the Farmers Market or the North Market Parking Lot. Walk on Farmers Market Place towards the Grove parking structure.
Gilmore Adobe is located between Wood Ranch Barbecue and Umami Burger. We hope to have balloons to make finding the location easier.
The Gilmore Adobe will be behind a brown fence before you get to the Grove Parking Structure (on the North side of the street) .
We have 100 free validation passes. Please remember to ask for one.
Almost 100 local history buffs gathered in historic Fremont Place at one of the neighborhood’s most important and historic homes, 56 Fremont Place, the one-time residence of actress Mary Pickford, for tea and a fascinating talk by film historian Marc Wanamaker.
“The history of Los Angeles is in all these old movies because they used the city as their sets,” said Wanamaker, a film historian with one of the most extensive photo archives on the history of LA’s film industry. Wanamaker brought the hosts, Lani and Edwin Raquel, a board displaying historic photos of their house and actress Mary Pickford and family, who lived in the house for a year in 1918, just three years after the home, then known as the Helen Mathewson Home, was built.
“Only a handful of movie people lived in Fremont Place, but they used it as a set,” said Wanamaker, who also brought a photo of the neighborhood’s Wilshire Boulevard Gates from the 1921 Charlie Chaplin film “The Idle Class.”
“It’s so exciting to be here in Fremont Place exactly because it’s still here,” said Wanamaker, who frequently collaborates with the Los Angeles Conservancy and Hollywood Heritage to preserve neighborhood history.
Wanamaker spoke, without notes, for almost two hours, telling stories drawn from his extensive research and dozens of books over the years. While the talk was billed as stories of scandals, Wanamaker ended up debunking several long-standing Hollywood scandal stories, including several “murders” that were most likely accidents. The stories were just as interesting, though less scandalous, when filled in with facts provided by Wanamaker. His encyclopedic knowledge of the movies and the people who made them – many of whom Wanamaker knew personally – left the group wanting to hear more.
Wanamaker started his career as a filmmaker, founding the Los Angeles International Film Exposition, known as FILMEX, in 1971, and was involved in forming The American Cinematheque. In a unique position to collect materials from studios and realizing the importance of the film industry’s collections to telling the story of Los Angeles, Wanamaker created Bison Archives, a unique photographic collection that specializes in the history of the motion picture and television industry in the United States. Wanamaker is passionate about LA history, the movies and sharing his knowledge. (He also generously donated photos to this writer for the pictorial history, “Larchmont” for Arcadia Press.)
“I am thrilled to support anyone or any group that is trying to preserve local history. It’s so important and so much fun,” said Wanamaker.
Judy Zeller was installed as President for 2016/2017 at the Society’s 40th annual meeting held in the gardens of outgoing President Patricia Rye. Zeller, who previously served as secretary to the group, is originally from London, England, where she studied French, German and Italian. She has lived in Windsor Square for 20 years.
Serving as Vice Presidents are Myrna Robin Gintel, Juanita Kempe and Carole Henning. Carol Wertheim is Secretary and Chris Blakely is Treasurer.
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