Public tours offered at Wattles Mansion

HOLLYWOOD — The Wattles Mansion and Garden will be open to the public as part of a showcase, entitled “Hollywood: The First 100 Years,” through April 17.

Built in 1907, the mansion at 1824 N. Curson Ave., will be available for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost is $40 per person.

“We are thrilled to present the first-ever designer showcase to be hosted at Wattles Mansion and can’t wait for attendees to delight in the creativity and talent of these top designers,” said Michael A. Shull, general manager of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department. “Restoration of this historic estate is priceless and we are certain that the event will spotlight the extraordinary architecture and elegance of the property for people to consider as the ideal location for their next special event.”

Eighteen rooms of the estate’s interior have been creatively staged by top local designers who drew inspiration from Hollywood icons of the past 100 years.

Wattles Mansion was designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, two prominent Los Angeles architects. The estate served as a summer home for Gurdon Wattles, an early businessman and banker from Omaha, Nebraska, who became responsible for bankrolling much of early Hollywood.

Designed in a Mediterranean Mission style, the Wattles residence was opened in spring 1909. It is the last remaining intact mansion from its time period.

Proceeds from the Wattles Mansion Showcase will benefit Homes for Heroes, a charity that works toward housing homeless veterans, the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation to further education and research grants, and the Department of Recreation and Parks for restoration of its seven historic properties.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.wattlesshowcase.com.


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