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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Château Élysée, Arthur E. Harvey, Architect 1927

The Château Élysée is an interpretation of a 17th Century Normandy castle, designed by Arthur E. Harvey for Eleanor Ince, widow of Thomas H. Ince, a pioneer filmmaker who died in 1924. Originally built as a luxury long-term residential apartment for movie stars including Bette Davis, Errol Flynn (room 211), Edward G. Robinson (room 216), Carol Lombard (room 305), Edgar Rice Burroughs (room 408), Humphrey Bogart (room 603), Clark Gable (room 604), Ginger Rogers (room 705), Ed Sullivan (room 501), Gracie Allen and George Burns (room 609) along with Lillian Gish, Katharine Hepburn, George Gershwin, and Cary Grant. The Manor, as it became known, was the scene of glamorous parties during the late 1920s and early 30s; it operated like a hotel with daily maid service and meals served in an elegant dining room on the premises. Since 1973, it has been owned by the Church of Scientology as the "Celebrity Centre". Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in1987 (No. 329). Located at 5930 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California.

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