Greystone Mansion
Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion, is a Tudor-style mansion on a landscaped estate with distinctive formal English gardens, located in Beverly Hills, California, United States. The architect Gordon Kaufmann designed the residence and ancillary structures, with construction completed in 1928. The estate was a gift from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny to his son, Edward "Ned" Doheny, Jr., and his family. Following the purchase of the estate by the City of Beverly Hills in 1965, the property became a city park in 1971 and was subsequently added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 as Doheny Estate/Greystone. The house and grounds are often used in film and television. The house's descending staircase is one of the most famous sets in Hollywood.

Description
The 55-room, Tudor-style former residence, 46,000 sq ft (4,300 m 2), sits on 16 acres (65,000 m 2) of land. At the time it was built, it cost over $3 million and was the most expensive home built in California up to that point.

History
On February 16, 1929, four months after Ned Doheny, his wife Lucy and their five children moved into Greystone, Ned died in his bedroom in a murder-suicide with his secretary, Hugh Plunket. The official story indicated Plunket murdered Ned either because of a "nervous disorder" or inflamed with anger over not receiving a raise. Others point out that Ned's gun was the murder weapon and that Ned was not buried in a Catholic cemetery with the rest of his family, indicating that he had committed suicide. Both men were involved in the trial of Ned's father in the Teapot Dome scandal. Ned’s widow Lucy remarried and lived in the house until 1955, at which time she sold the mansion and its grounds to Chicago industrialist Henry Crown, who rented the estate to movie studios. In 1963, Crown planned to subdivide the property and demolish the mansion. Beverly Hills stopped the demolition by purchasing the mansion in 1965. The estate became a city park on September 16, 1971, and on April 23, 1976 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The city leased the mansion to the American Film Institute, from 1965 to 1982, for $1 per year, hoping to get repair and upkeep work from the institute. Since 2002 The City of Beverly Hills has maintained a Web page for the Greystone Mansion park. Besides the city's restoration efforts itself, many local volunteers have been contributing to the fund raising and restoration to the park, most notably the friends of Greystone that organize various showcase and garden events yearly.

Current use
Greystone is now a public park, and is also used as a location for special events. The estate is popular as a filming location due to its beauty, manicured grounds and Beverly Hills location. Some productions contribute to the upkeep and renovation of the mansion. There Will Be Blood renovated the downstairs two lane bowling alley to include it in the film. In addition to the numerous events that take place at Greystone, the mansion plays host each year to Catskills West, a theater arts and drama camp run by Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation, from mid June to early August. The camp presents a play in the pool area twice during the summer. The mansion is also used for performances of the play The Manor written by Kathrine Bates, directed by Beverly Olevin and produced by Theatre 40, of Beverly Hills. The Manor takes place in a number of different rooms of the mansion. The audience is separated at certain times during the play to watch some scenes in a different order. The plot of the The Manor is a fictionalized account of the Doheny family, involving Doheny's involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal and his son's murder. The Manor has been performed at Greystone Mansion since 2002. Greystone Mansion is also the location of 'The Annual Hollywood Ball' where hundreds of celebrities gather each year for a grand fashion show, dinner and auction to raise money for the Pure Foundation, helping children in need around the globe. The million dollar gathering also includes live performances by leading artists.

Shot on location
  • All of Me
  • The Amazing Race 17 - (final pitstop / finish line in Season 17, episode 12: "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race")
  • Bare Essence (used as the Marshalls mansion)
  • Batman & Robin
  • The Beautician and the Beast
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Dark Shadows (1991 revival) (used as Collinwood the Collins family's mansion / estate)
  • Dead Ringer
  • Death Becomes Her
  • Dollhouse (Season 1 Episode 10 Haunted)
  • Dynasty: The Reunion
  • Entourage (Season 4 Episode 10 Snow Job)
  • Eraserhead
  • Falcon Crest (Season 9 Episode 6 God of the Grape)
  • Flowers in the Attic (movie based on the novel / book)
  • Forever Amber
  • Gilmore Girls (used as Chilton Academy a prestigious preparatory school)
  • " I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (music video by Meatloaf)
  • Indecent Proposal
  • " It's Like That" (Mariah Carey music video)
  • " I Want Love" (Elton John music video)
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash (film)
  • Knight Rider (Season 1 Episode 1 Knight of the Phoenix)
  • MacGyver (Season 1 Episode 12 Deathlock)
  • Murder, she wrote (Season 2 Episode 6 Reflections of the Mind)
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Benjamin Gates and Abigail Chase's mansion. Seen when Conner, Abigail's date, drives her up to the front door, filmed in the courtyard of the Mansion)
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Rock Star
  • Rush Hour
  • The Disorderly Orderly
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • The Loved One
  • The Mentalist (Season 1 Episode 21 Miss Red)
  • The Prestige
  • The Puppet Masters
  • The Social Network
  • Spider-Man (film)
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Stripes (Outside Courtyard)
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Vampire Diaries (promotional photoshoot)
  • What women want (Lauren Holly’s wedding site)
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • Winter Kills
  • X-Men


Building Activity

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