Maison de Luxe at Greystone Mansion
Maison de Luxe at Greystone Mansion was an event I was fortunate to attend. Sotheby’s International Realty’s exclusive tour and cocktail reception was quite a treat. The estate is much like a smaller version of Hearst Castle with tours open to the public. At this event, rooms were opened that are not commonly seen on an ordinary tour, such as, the bowling alley and movie theater rooms. I wished the servant’s quarters had been opened, as well, but unfortunately they were not. No worries, I would of needed more than 3 hours to go through the entire house of 55 rooms and walk 50,000 sq ft, anyway!
Each room, at this very special event headed by Mark Sierak of Sotheby’s International Realty, was decorated by 25 top interior designers from across the country. The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion, is commonly found unfurnished. Every room’s dressings were brought in and whipped together by interior designer geniuses such as Philip C. Gorrivan, David Phoenix, and Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design-to name a few.
Edward “Ned” Lawrence Doheny Jr. was the original proprietor of the estate, son, and financial heir of Edward Lawrence Doheny Senior, the oil tycoon. The estate and land was a wedding gift, to Ned from his father. THERE WILL BE BLOOD, the film, was loosely based off of Doheny Senior’s life as a successful oil miner in Southern California. At the time, Charles A. Canfield and Edward Lawrence Doheny were the first to successfully strike oil in Los Angeles, California. The interior mansion scenes of THERE WILL BE BLOOD were filmed in the Greystone Mansion of Beverly Hills. You may recognize the bowling alley in which the film’s last scene ends with Daniel Day-Lewis proclaiming from a pool of blood, “I’m finished!”