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Lewis Leonard Bradbury’s mansion held 35 rooms, five chimneys, and five turrets. It was demolished in 1929.
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Mapping the most incredible lost mansions of Los Angeles

These estates were torn down, but their stories are not forgotten

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Lewis Leonard Bradbury’s mansion held 35 rooms, five chimneys, and five turrets. It was demolished in 1929.
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For a new city, Los Angeles has an awful lot of lost architecture. From the lush rural estates of early Angeleno pioneers to the midcentury masterpieces of Hollywood royalty, many architectural treasures have been torn down in the name of commerce, greed, and progress.

In the case of personal homes, this also means many individual stories have been almost completely forgotten—bulldozed over to make way for high-rise apartment buildings and larger, more opulent mansions. Below are a few of the most significant lost houses of Los Angeles—their stories live on, even if their walls are long gone.

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1. Pickfair

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1143 Summit Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, the undisputed royal couple of early Hollywood, bought this hunting lodge in 1919. With the aid of architect Wallace Neff, they transformed it into a mock Tudor royal palace fit for a king and queen. Here they received the blue bloods of the world till their divorce in 1936. Mary lived at Pickfair until her death in 1979.

In 1990, new owner Pia Zadora had the legendary home torn down—she recently claimed it was because the estate was haunted. "You can deal with termites, and you can deal with plumbing issues," she explained. "But you can't deal with the supernatural."

2. The Bivouac

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2401 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

This 1898 Mission Revival mansion was designed by architect John Kremple for the legendary Harrison Gray Otis, editor and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. It was built overlooking the then super-fashionable Westlake Park (now MacArthur Park). After Otis's death, the home became part of the Otis Art Institute before being demolished in 1954. Today it is the site of the Charles W. White Elementary school.

3. Falcon Lair

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1436 Bella Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This 1924 Spanish Colonial Revival designed by Wallace Neff was the last home of silent heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, built high in the hills above Benedict Canyon. “What I am dreaming of is to have a home where I could live in peace," he explained. "With a loving wife who would not be wanting to play in film, and who would greet me, each evening, after work, with my children.”

Valentino died suddenly in 1926 and Falcon Lair later became the home of heiress Doris Duke. Many claim that, during the last years of her life, devious employees kept Duke a virtual prisoner in the home. The main house was demolished in 2005.

4. Marion Davies Beach House

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415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402

In 1926, construction started on the palatial playground of movie star Marion Davies and her longtime love William Randolph Hearst. The white, columned Georgian Revival main mansion boasted more than 100 rooms, 37 fireplaces, and 55 bathrooms. It towered over all the other mansions on Santa Monica's Gold Coast.

Marion threw epic soirees at her gargantuan "Beach House." One costume party was attended by more than 2,000 people, including Cary Grant, Bette Davis, and Henry Fonda. Marion sold the estate in 1945 and in 1955, the main house was torn down. Today, the land where the mansion once stood is home to the Annenberg Community Beach House. An original guest house designed by Julia Morgan still stands.

5. Roberts Ranch House

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3998 Solstice Canyon Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265

This low, rambling, Solstice Canyon ranch house was designed by Paul Williams in 1952 for grocery magnate Fred Roberts and his wife Florence. The house was built to accommodate the lush pools, waterfalls, and vegetation on the site.

Roberts's granddaughter remembered the home's beauty: "[Williams] was able to mold the home into the landscape. There was a planter box on the entryway with live trees. The tropical landscaping made it feel like a different area ...The box canyon opened into a wonderland." Sadly, this wonderland was highly flammable, and was destroyed by a 1982 wildfire. Today, you can take a lovely hike up to the ruins.

A photo of a large lawn area with water features and a patio in the foreground and the main house in the background. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

6. Garden of Allah

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8152 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

In 1919, the glamorous actress Alla Nazimova bought this 1913 estate (originally called Havenhurst) and in 1927 she built 25 Spanish-style villas on the property, quickly renting them out to the entertainment community's jet set.

The Garden was home to hard-living luminaries like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, John Barrymore, Dorothy Parker, and Robert Benchley. One resident remembered, "Nothing interrupted the continual tumult that was life at the Garden of Allah. Now and then the men in white came with a van and took somebody away, or bankruptcy or divorce or even jail claimed a participant ... Nobody paid any mind."

In 1959, the famed property was dismantled to make way for a strip mall. It is alleged that Joni Mitchell's song "Big Yellow Taxi" was written about the Garden's demolition. Today it's slated to become a mixed-use development designed by Frank Gehry.

7. Josef von Sternberg House

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10000 Tampa Ave
Northridge, CA 91324

Josef von Sternberg, famed director of The Blue Angel and Morocco, hired legendary architect Richard Neutra to design this aluminum-clad Modernist masterpiece in the early 1930s. Von Sternberg was one of the first celebrities to build in the then-rural San Fernando Valley. The house was later owned by author Ayn Rand, before it was razed in 1972 to make way for a housing development.

8. Jayne Mansfield’s Pink Palace

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10100 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90077

This Mediterranean mansion was bought by newlyweds Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in 1958. Mansfield turned it into a pink palace befitting her status as one of America's premier love goddesses: the exterior was painted pink, there was a heart-shaped pool, and the interior of the house featured wall to wall (to ceiling...) pink shag carpeting. After the couple divorced, Mansfield lived in the mansion until her death in 1967. Both Ringo Starr and Engelbert Humperdinck later called the mansion home. It was torn down in 2002 by an LA developer.

9. OJ Simpson Estate

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360 N Rockingham Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

In 1994, Simpson's Brentwood home of 20 years gained international notoriety when it became his last stop in the infamous white Bronco chase that captivated the nation. During his trial, and even after his acquittal, the mansion became a pilgrimage spot for tourists and the media, much to the horror of Simpson's well-heeled neighbors. Simpson lost the home in 1997 after defaulting on the mortgage; the new owner had it torn down the following year. "It's not my house, and I could care less," Simpson told a reporter at the time. "It's part of my past."

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10. Ray Bradbury Home

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10265 Cheviot Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90064

The most recent teardown on our list, this 1937 Cheviot Hills house was the home of author Ray Bradbury for more than 50 years. In January 2015, starchitect Thom Mayne began deconstruction of the house, much to the chagrin of Bradbury fans and local preservationists. Mayne claimed, "I could make no connection between the extraordinary nature of the writer and the incredible un-extraordinariness of the house. It was not just un-extraordinary, but unusually banal."

A large house behind a green construction fence. The exterior is yellow and the roof is brown. Courtesy of John King Tarpinian/File 770

11. William Andrews Clark Jr. Estate

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2520 Cimarron St
Los Angeles, CA 90018

William Andrews Clark Jr. was the son of Montana senator William Andrews Clark, the founder of the LA Philharmonic, and the much older brother of the infamous Huguette Clark. In the 1910s, he bought an ornate mansion in high-class Kinney Heights (today it's Jefferson Park). In the 1920s, he had a pavilion on the property torn down and in its place built a library, where he kept his large collection of Oscar Wilde materials, rare books, and fine prints. The library is now part of UCLA, which tore the adjacent house down in the 1970s because it was seismically unsound.

12. Holmby House

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Franklin Ave & N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

In the early 1900s, this 100-acre hilltop estate in Los Feliz, built by department store pioneer (and Holmby Hills developer) Arthur Letts, was one of the tourist destinations of Los Angeles. The three-story Tudor mansion was surrounded by lush sunken gardens featuring "...a full acre of every known variety of cacti. Flowers in profusion," and the "largest coca plumosa drive in Southern California." The family also bred collies on the property. After Letts's death, the mansion was torn down by his son-in-law, developer Harold Janss, to make way for the new development, Franklin Avenue Square.

13. Paul de Longpre Estate

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Hollywood Blvd & N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Boulevard was a tourist trap long before its grimy, urban incarnation. In the early 1900s, it was a rural wonderland, with lush gardens and elegant mansions. The most famous of all the estates that dotted the Boulevard was that of the painter Paul de Longpre. In 1901, the noted artist—lured to Hollywood by its founder Daeida Wilcox—built a Mission Revival mansion on three acres of land. The gardens that surrounded the home became a popular tourist destination. The Pacific Electric stopped right in front of the estate, and you could buy prints of popular de Longpre paintings and postcards of the property in the main house. The house was torn down in 1927 to make way for a new kind of Hollywood.

14. The Enchanted Hill

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1441 Angelo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

During the 1920s, there was no hotter power couple in Hollywood than the beautiful screenwriter Frances Marion and her hunky cowboy star husband, Fred Thomson. With the help of architect Wallace Neff, the duo transformed an empty hill in Beverly Hills into an enchanted wonderland. "In a short while our hill resembled a gigantic wedding cake," Marion remembered. "Pine trees studded every tier, while on top rose a huge house with a drawing room two stories and a half high, rare tapestries on the walls, an Aeolian pipe organ, and windows overlooking five acres of lawn. Beautifully laid out on the terrace were a tiled barbecue, an aviary, and a hundred-foot swimming pool. Fred and his horses and I had gone Hollywood!"

Sadly, this golden world was short-lived. On Christmas Day 1928, Thomson died in Marion's arms at their home, a victim of misdiagnosed tetanus. Marion immediately put the house up for sale. In 1997, the property was bought by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. He soon had everything on the Enchanted Hill torn down.

15. Ivy Wall

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1021 S Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

In 1898, the wealthy Cravens family built a large Tudor-style mansion, designed by Frederick Roehrig, on Pasadena's famed Millionaire's Row. In 1905, beer baron Adolphus Busch purchased the mansion, which was nicknamed Ivy Wall. Over the next few years, Busch would buy more and more land behind the house. On this land he created the first Busch Gardens, a horticultural wonderland that delighted the public for decades. During the '30s and '40s the gardens were sold to developers, and in 1952 Ivy Wall itself was torn down.

16. Crocker Mansion

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300 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This 1886 Victorian mansion was built by Margaret E. Crocker, an early civic leader in California. Costing over $1 million in today's money, the John Hall-designed mansion towered over the rest of elegant Bunker Hill. In 1891, Crocker turned the little-used residence into a high-end boarding house, boasting a large porch and a healthful location. Crocker died in 1901 and the house was eventually sold to the Elk's Club. In 1908, the crumbling mansion was razed by the club, and a concrete building was constructed in its place.

17. Bradbury Mansion

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147 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This Queen Anne-style mansion was designed by Samuel and Joseph Newsom in 1886. Located on Downtown's Bunker Hill, then the toniest address in Los Angeles, it boasted 35 rooms, five chimneys, and five turrets.

In 1887, mining investor Lewis Leonard Bradbury bought the house. During Bunker Hill's decline it was used by film companies and served as a boarding house for early silent film luminaries, including Hal Roach and Harold Lloyd. Lloyd called the structure Pneumonia Hall, due to its horrible drafts. The ramshackle mansion was finally torn down in 1929.

18. Hollywood Hotel

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Highland Ave & Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

In 1902, this early Hollywood institution was built by developer HJ Whitley. In 1906, the fascinating heiress Almira Hershey bought the rambling, Mission Revival-style wooden hotel. It became the temporary home of many of the great names in silent Hollywood, including Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer, Ethel Barrymore, Rudolph Valentino, and Norma Shearer. It was torn down in 1956, having long since passed its prime.

19. McKinley Mansion

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310 S La Fayette Park Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90057

This stately Italian Renaissance mansion was built in 1915 as a winter refuge for a wealthy Midwestern family. In 1945, a man named Maytor McKinley bought the house. His widow lived there until the mid-1980s, and after her death, the problems began. A developer planned to tear it down and build an apartment building on the land, so the city declared the mansion a Historic-Cultural Monument. A couple bought the perfectly preserved house and intended to save it by moving it to Chatsworth, but their plans stagnated and the mansion slowly fell into disrepair. People began squatting in the 13,000-square-foot house and in 1994, an early morning blaze destroyed the mansion. The bodies of two transients were found inside.

20. Philip Ilsley Estate

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470 Layton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90049

In 1937, swimming pool magnate Phillip Ilsley moved into this Bermuda plantation-style estate in Brentwood. Designed by architect-to the-stars John Byers, the house was filled with a priceless art collection. The five-acre estate, meanwhile, featured spectacular landscaping—a rock garden, turf tennis court, waterfall, and a pool in the shape of a lake (complete with a "boathouse" and dock). The mansion was later home to colorful socialite "Bubbles" Schinasi, producer William Jacobs, and "Rumba King" Xavier Cugat. The "plantation house" was torn down in 2000, to make way for a more modern mansion.

1. Pickfair

1143 Summit Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, the undisputed royal couple of early Hollywood, bought this hunting lodge in 1919. With the aid of architect Wallace Neff, they transformed it into a mock Tudor royal palace fit for a king and queen. Here they received the blue bloods of the world till their divorce in 1936. Mary lived at Pickfair until her death in 1979.

In 1990, new owner Pia Zadora had the legendary home torn down—she recently claimed it was because the estate was haunted. "You can deal with termites, and you can deal with plumbing issues," she explained. "But you can't deal with the supernatural."

1143 Summit Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

2. The Bivouac

2401 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

This 1898 Mission Revival mansion was designed by architect John Kremple for the legendary Harrison Gray Otis, editor and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. It was built overlooking the then super-fashionable Westlake Park (now MacArthur Park). After Otis's death, the home became part of the Otis Art Institute before being demolished in 1954. Today it is the site of the Charles W. White Elementary school.

2401 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

3. Falcon Lair

1436 Bella Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This 1924 Spanish Colonial Revival designed by Wallace Neff was the last home of silent heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, built high in the hills above Benedict Canyon. “What I am dreaming of is to have a home where I could live in peace," he explained. "With a loving wife who would not be wanting to play in film, and who would greet me, each evening, after work, with my children.”

Valentino died suddenly in 1926 and Falcon Lair later became the home of heiress Doris Duke. Many claim that, during the last years of her life, devious employees kept Duke a virtual prisoner in the home. The main house was demolished in 2005.

1436 Bella Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. Marion Davies Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

In 1926, construction started on the palatial playground of movie star Marion Davies and her longtime love William Randolph Hearst. The white, columned Georgian Revival main mansion boasted more than 100 rooms, 37 fireplaces, and 55 bathrooms. It towered over all the other mansions on Santa Monica's Gold Coast.

Marion threw epic soirees at her gargantuan "Beach House." One costume party was attended by more than 2,000 people, including Cary Grant, Bette Davis, and Henry Fonda. Marion sold the estate in 1945 and in 1955, the main house was torn down. Today, the land where the mansion once stood is home to the Annenberg Community Beach House. An original guest house designed by Julia Morgan still stands.

415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402

5. Roberts Ranch House

3998 Solstice Canyon Rd., Malibu, CA 90265
A photo of a large lawn area with water features and a patio in the foreground and the main house in the background. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

This low, rambling, Solstice Canyon ranch house was designed by Paul Williams in 1952 for grocery magnate Fred Roberts and his wife Florence. The house was built to accommodate the lush pools, waterfalls, and vegetation on the site.

Roberts's granddaughter remembered the home's beauty: "[Williams] was able to mold the home into the landscape. There was a planter box on the entryway with live trees. The tropical landscaping made it feel like a different area ...The box canyon opened into a wonderland." Sadly, this wonderland was highly flammable, and was destroyed by a 1982 wildfire. Today, you can take a lovely hike up to the ruins.

3998 Solstice Canyon Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265

6. Garden of Allah

8152 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

In 1919, the glamorous actress Alla Nazimova bought this 1913 estate (originally called Havenhurst) and in 1927 she built 25 Spanish-style villas on the property, quickly renting them out to the entertainment community's jet set.

The Garden was home to hard-living luminaries like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, John Barrymore, Dorothy Parker, and Robert Benchley. One resident remembered, "Nothing interrupted the continual tumult that was life at the Garden of Allah. Now and then the men in white came with a van and took somebody away, or bankruptcy or divorce or even jail claimed a participant ... Nobody paid any mind."

In 1959, the famed property was dismantled to make way for a strip mall. It is alleged that Joni Mitchell's song "Big Yellow Taxi" was written about the Garden's demolition. Today it's slated to become a mixed-use development designed by Frank Gehry.

8152 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

7. Josef von Sternberg House

10000 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

Josef von Sternberg, famed director of The Blue Angel and Morocco, hired legendary architect Richard Neutra to design this aluminum-clad Modernist masterpiece in the early 1930s. Von Sternberg was one of the first celebrities to build in the then-rural San Fernando Valley. The house was later owned by author Ayn Rand, before it was razed in 1972 to make way for a housing development.

10000 Tampa Ave
Northridge, CA 91324

8. Jayne Mansfield’s Pink Palace

10100 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90077

This Mediterranean mansion was bought by newlyweds Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in 1958. Mansfield turned it into a pink palace befitting her status as one of America's premier love goddesses: the exterior was painted pink, there was a heart-shaped pool, and the interior of the house featured wall to wall (to ceiling...) pink shag carpeting. After the couple divorced, Mansfield lived in the mansion until her death in 1967. Both Ringo Starr and Engelbert Humperdinck later called the mansion home. It was torn down in 2002 by an LA developer.

10100 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90077

9. OJ Simpson Estate

360 N Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049
A large house with a sloped roof. There is a tree outside of the house. Getty Images

In 1994, Simpson's Brentwood home of 20 years gained international notoriety when it became his last stop in the infamous white Bronco chase that captivated the nation. During his trial, and even after his acquittal, the mansion became a pilgrimage spot for tourists and the media, much to the horror of Simpson's well-heeled neighbors. Simpson lost the home in 1997 after defaulting on the mortgage; the new owner had it torn down the following year. "It's not my house, and I could care less," Simpson told a reporter at the time. "It's part of my past."

360 N Rockingham Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

10. Ray Bradbury Home

10265 Cheviot Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90064
A large house behind a green construction fence. The exterior is yellow and the roof is brown. Courtesy of John King Tarpinian/File 770

The most recent teardown on our list, this 1937 Cheviot Hills house was the home of author Ray Bradbury for more than 50 years. In January 2015, starchitect Thom Mayne began deconstruction of the house, much to the chagrin of Bradbury fans and local preservationists. Mayne claimed, "I could make no connection between the extraordinary nature of the writer and the incredible un-extraordinariness of the house. It was not just un-extraordinary, but unusually banal."

10265 Cheviot Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90064

11. William Andrews Clark Jr. Estate

2520 Cimarron St, Los Angeles, CA 90018

William Andrews Clark Jr. was the son of Montana senator William Andrews Clark, the founder of the LA Philharmonic, and the much older brother of the infamous Huguette Clark. In the 1910s, he bought an ornate mansion in high-class Kinney Heights (today it's Jefferson Park). In the 1920s, he had a pavilion on the property torn down and in its place built a library, where he kept his large collection of Oscar Wilde materials, rare books, and fine prints. The library is now part of UCLA, which tore the adjacent house down in the 1970s because it was seismically unsound.

2520 Cimarron St
Los Angeles, CA 90018

12. Holmby House

Franklin Ave & N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

In the early 1900s, this 100-acre hilltop estate in Los Feliz, built by department store pioneer (and Holmby Hills developer) Arthur Letts, was one of the tourist destinations of Los Angeles. The three-story Tudor mansion was surrounded by lush sunken gardens featuring "...a full acre of every known variety of cacti. Flowers in profusion," and the "largest coca plumosa drive in Southern California." The family also bred collies on the property. After Letts's death, the mansion was torn down by his son-in-law, developer Harold Janss, to make way for the new development, Franklin Avenue Square.

Franklin Ave & N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

13. Paul de Longpre Estate

Hollywood Blvd & N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Boulevard was a tourist trap long before its grimy, urban incarnation. In the early 1900s, it was a rural wonderland, with lush gardens and elegant mansions. The most famous of all the estates that dotted the Boulevard was that of the painter Paul de Longpre. In 1901, the noted artist—lured to Hollywood by its founder Daeida Wilcox—built a Mission Revival mansion on three acres of land. The gardens that surrounded the home became a popular tourist destination. The Pacific Electric stopped right in front of the estate, and you could buy prints of popular de Longpre paintings and postcards of the property in the main house. The house was torn down in 1927 to make way for a new kind of Hollywood.

Hollywood Blvd & N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

14. The Enchanted Hill

1441 Angelo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

During the 1920s, there was no hotter power couple in Hollywood than the beautiful screenwriter Frances Marion and her hunky cowboy star husband, Fred Thomson. With the help of architect Wallace Neff, the duo transformed an empty hill in Beverly Hills into an enchanted wonderland. "In a short while our hill resembled a gigantic wedding cake," Marion remembered. "Pine trees studded every tier, while on top rose a huge house with a drawing room two stories and a half high, rare tapestries on the walls, an Aeolian pipe organ, and windows overlooking five acres of lawn. Beautifully laid out on the terrace were a tiled barbecue, an aviary, and a hundred-foot swimming pool. Fred and his horses and I had gone Hollywood!"

Sadly, this golden world was short-lived. On Christmas Day 1928, Thomson died in Marion's arms at their home, a victim of misdiagnosed tetanus. Marion immediately put the house up for sale. In 1997, the property was bought by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. He soon had everything on the Enchanted Hill torn down.

1441 Angelo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. Ivy Wall

1021 S Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

In 1898, the wealthy Cravens family built a large Tudor-style mansion, designed by Frederick Roehrig, on Pasadena's famed Millionaire's Row. In 1905, beer baron Adolphus Busch purchased the mansion, which was nicknamed Ivy Wall. Over the next few years, Busch would buy more and more land behind the house. On this land he created the first Busch Gardens, a horticultural wonderland that delighted the public for decades. During the '30s and '40s the gardens were sold to developers, and in 1952 Ivy Wall itself was torn down.

1021 S Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

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16. Crocker Mansion

300 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This 1886 Victorian mansion was built by Margaret E. Crocker, an early civic leader in California. Costing over $1 million in today's money, the John Hall-designed mansion towered over the rest of elegant Bunker Hill. In 1891, Crocker turned the little-used residence into a high-end boarding house, boasting a large porch and a healthful location. Crocker died in 1901 and the house was eventually sold to the Elk's Club. In 1908, the crumbling mansion was razed by the club, and a concrete building was constructed in its place.

300 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

17. Bradbury Mansion

147 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This Queen Anne-style mansion was designed by Samuel and Joseph Newsom in 1886. Located on Downtown's Bunker Hill, then the toniest address in Los Angeles, it boasted 35 rooms, five chimneys, and five turrets.

In 1887, mining investor Lewis Leonard Bradbury bought the house. During Bunker Hill's decline it was used by film companies and served as a boarding house for early silent film luminaries, including Hal Roach and Harold Lloyd. Lloyd called the structure Pneumonia Hall, due to its horrible drafts. The ramshackle mansion was finally torn down in 1929.

147 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

18. Hollywood Hotel

Highland Ave & Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

In 1902, this early Hollywood institution was built by developer HJ Whitley. In 1906, the fascinating heiress Almira Hershey bought the rambling, Mission Revival-style wooden hotel. It became the temporary home of many of the great names in silent Hollywood, including Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer, Ethel Barrymore, Rudolph Valentino, and Norma Shearer. It was torn down in 1956, having long since passed its prime.

Highland Ave & Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

19. McKinley Mansion

310 S La Fayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057

This stately Italian Renaissance mansion was built in 1915 as a winter refuge for a wealthy Midwestern family. In 1945, a man named Maytor McKinley bought the house. His widow lived there until the mid-1980s, and after her death, the problems began. A developer planned to tear it down and build an apartment building on the land, so the city declared the mansion a Historic-Cultural Monument. A couple bought the perfectly preserved house and intended to save it by moving it to Chatsworth, but their plans stagnated and the mansion slowly fell into disrepair. People began squatting in the 13,000-square-foot house and in 1994, an early morning blaze destroyed the mansion. The bodies of two transients were found inside.

310 S La Fayette Park Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90057

20. Philip Ilsley Estate

470 Layton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90049

In 1937, swimming pool magnate Phillip Ilsley moved into this Bermuda plantation-style estate in Brentwood. Designed by architect-to the-stars John Byers, the house was filled with a priceless art collection. The five-acre estate, meanwhile, featured spectacular landscaping—a rock garden, turf tennis court, waterfall, and a pool in the shape of a lake (complete with a "boathouse" and dock). The mansion was later home to colorful socialite "Bubbles" Schinasi, producer William Jacobs, and "Rumba King" Xavier Cugat. The "plantation house" was torn down in 2000, to make way for a more modern mansion.

470 Layton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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