Marion Davies and her colonial beach home, Santa Monica, Calif
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- circa 1930
A view looking northeast towards Marion Davies' colonial beach home. In the foreground, Marion Davies appears to be diving for a ball. The Santa Monica palisades are in the background.
In the early twentieth century, the Santa Monica Land and Water Company began to sell lots on the beach to the general public, and residential neighborhoods began to spring up along Santa Monica Bay. As the 1920s motion picture industry created movie stars, producers, and directors, Hollywood celebrities began buying homes on the beach. Santa Monica quickly became known as "The Gold Coast," for its richly extravagant residences. William Randolph Hearst built the largest and most expensive home on the Santa Monica beach at the time for his mistress, silent film star Marion Davies. The Georgian style home was designed by Julia Morgan and built in stages from 1926 to 1930, and was located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. The house boasted 118 rooms and 55 bathrooms. Davies sold the house in 1945. The main house was dismantled around 1956. The remaining estate later became the Sand & Sea Club, which operated from 1960 to 1990. In 1980 the North Guest House of Marion Davies Estate was designated a Santa Monica Landmark.
Series number: 303
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- Loyola Marymount University, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
- Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University M. Kashower Co
- Beaches--California--Santa Monica
Davies, Marion, 1897-1961--Homes and haunts
Santa Monica (Calif.)
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