Of 13 large estates built at the turn of the century, Doheny Mansion and Chester Place is one of the grandest. Built on a ... More
Doheny Mansion and Chester Place
Of 13 large estates built at the turn of the century, Doheny Mansion and Chester Place is one of the grandest. Built on a block-size park, this large European-style chateau was owned by oil baron Edward Doheny. Now, owned by Mount St. Mary's College and used for faculty residences, the mansion has survived well over the years with few alterations. The interior is not open to the public but the exterior of the house and the surrounding estates provide a fine walk along Adams Boulevard.
Peaceful, quiet, and beautiful with a very interesting history.
I lived in No. 17 and I drove the chancellor of the university about as I attended the graduate school and later the law school.
The house I lived in had 34 rooms and little telephones that connected all the larger rooms.
The house was beautifully furnished at the time and the chancellor was a gracious employer. I ate at the table with him, took him to his appointments, and attended my classes regularly.
It was a wonderful experience to see some of the remaining royalty that had once graced chester place.
Dr. Rufus von Kleinsmid was my employer and he had been personal friends of the Dohenys for many years.
He told me how he once lived at No. 10 and was asked to attend Dohenys trial in the Teapot dome scandal in the 30's. At the time Doheny lived in no. 8.
When asked to tell of their relationship, not knowing where the case would take Doheny, Dr. Von KleinSmid testified, "well, his garden ends where mine begins."
von Kleinsmid was one of 13 children born to hardware merchant in Sandwich Illinois. He told of his mom taking him to venice beach as a child so they could perambulate. He said he was not as strong as the other children so his mom took him to california where he would get fresh air and be able to go to the beach.
He was born in 1875 and died while I was in his employ in July of 1964.
He had a lot of wonderful stories about the dohenys and the other families in residence at chester place, Mrs. Frank Seaver, and a boy named Peter who was to become a star of stage and screen.
I liked all the wonderful history, the ambiance, and I disliked the fact that there aren't more places like chester place for us to remember and visit.
It definitely is an oasis in downtown los angeles and now it serves mount st marys college, a fitting choice. Estelle Doheny was a telephone operator who married Edward Doheny, converted to catholicism, and
left all of her properties to the church. She was a dear lady.
A walk down Chester Place, in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, certainly gives one a great sense and experience of Old L.A., a glimpse back in time to a much more refined and genteel period before the glitz and glamour of Hollywood started taking over. These grand homes, especially the Doheny mansion, are magnificent to behold!
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