Greystone Mansion, Also Known as the Doheny Mansion, Is a Tudor Revival Mansion on a Landscaped Estate With Distinctive Formal English Gardens, Located in Beverly Hills, California, United States. Planner Gordon Kaufmann Designed the Residence and Ancillary Structures, and Construction Was Completed in 1928.
Greystone Mansion and Park, Owned by the City of Beverly Hills and Situated on 18.3 Acres, Is Magnificent in Beauty and Rich in California History. Greystone Mansion Was Designed by the Renowned Southern Californian Architect Gordon B. Kaufmann and the Landscape Architect Was Paul G. Thiene.
The Land Was a Wedding Gift From Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny, Sr. To His Son, Edward “Ned” Doheny, Jr. Also, His Wife. Following the Purchase of the Estate in 1965 by the City of Beverly Hills, in 1971 the Entire 18.3 Acre Site, Including Its Center piece Greystone Mansion, Was Formally Dedicated as a Public Park. In 1976 the Greystone Estate Was Officially Recognized as a Historic Landmark and Entered Into the National Registry of Historic Places. The Mansion and the Grounds Are Often Used in Film making and Television Production. The House’s Descending Staircase Is One of the Most Famous Sets in Hollywood.
Greystone Mansion Was Designed by the Renowned Southern Californian 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.
The Structure of Greystone Mansion Was Built of Steel Reinforced Concrete, Faced With Indiana Limestone and Is Roofed of Welsh Slate. After Entering the Mansion, the Hand Railings and Arch-confined Stairway Typify Both the Opulence and Craftsmanship of the Era and of the Entire Greystone Property. The entirety of the Oak Banisters, Balustrades and Rafters Were Hand Carved, While Each of the Seven Chimneys Was Designed and Crafted by a Different Artist. The Floors of the Grand Hall Showcased Black and White Inlaid Marble and an Elaborate Living Room Held a Balcony Where Musicians Often Performed on Special Occasions. The Kitchen Featured a Pantry Built to Secure a Large Adjoining Wall Safe That Was Used to Store the Family’s Silver and Gold Services. The Mansion Was Built With a Servant’s Quarters Which Occupied Two Floors of the East Wing and Accommodated a Live-in Staff of Fifteen.
There Are Fifty-five Livable Rooms Within the 46,054 Square Feet of Living Space in the Mansion. While the Mansion’s Bedrooms Were Spread Throughout the Second Floor, the Master Bedroom Suite Was Located in the West Wing and Featured an Accompanying Sitting Room, a Dressing Room and a Massage Room. All the Rooms With Southern Exposure Offered a Panoramic View of the Los Angeles Basin, From Downtown to the Beaches of Santa Monica Bay. In the North Wing Where the Two Oldest Boy’s Bedrooms Were Located, a Circular Staircase Led Into an Adjacent Recreation Wing That Contained a Movie Theater Room.
The Original Cost to Construct Greystone’s Entire Estate Was $3,166,578.12, the Mansion Alone Cost $1,238,378.76. The Extraordinary Result Became Known as Greystone for Its Abundant Use of Stone Construction and Its Rather Somber Gray Appearance. 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.
On September 16, 1971, the Entire 18.3 Acre Site, Including Its Center piece Greystone Mansion, Was Formally Dedicated as a Public Park by the City of Beverly Hills. Five Years Later, on April 23, 1976, Greystone Estate Was Officially Recognized as a Historic Landmark and Was Entered Into the Registry of Historic Places.