Tag : william-randolph-hearst
Summer's almost over ...
If you haven’t been to the new public pool in Santa Monica it’s worth the trip.
The Annenberg Community Beach House opened in April. It’s the renovation of the pool of the old 1920s Marion Davies Estate on the PCH in Santa Monica. They have done a beautiful job bringing the old pool up to its glorious splendor while making it user friendly for this century’s swimmers. The beautiful deco tiles remain intact.
Next door the guest house has been restored and docents are welcoming and full of knowledge about the property….
Originally the 5 acre estate was built in the late 1920′s by William Randolph Hearst for his long time mistress Marion Davies. The couple entertained Hollywood legends Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, and Gloria Swanson, to name a few, there for the next decade. The property then became a failed hotel and was torn down in 1959. The land was operated as a private beach club until the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 which severely damaged the property. The Annenberg Foundation funded the much needed restoration of the pool house and guest house.
After taking a swim and a tour make sure to visit our friend Fred at his restaurant Back on the Beach where you can eat a burger or a Marion Davies salad with your feet in the sand looking at the beach…. Beware of the pigeons and seagulls.
Categories: Community Event | Tags: Annenberg Community Pool, Back on the Beach, Heather Roy, Learka Bosnak, Los Angeles Real Estate, Marion Davies, santa Monica public pool, William Randolph Hearst | Permalink