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Doheny Estate/Greystone
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Greystone Mansion, July 2008
Location 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Area 46,000 sq ft (4,300 m2).
Built 1928
Built by P. J. Walker and Company, San Francisco
Architect Gordon Kaufmann
Architectural style Tudor Revival
NRHP reference No. 76000485
Added to NRHP April 23, 1976

The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion, is a Tudor Revival mansion on a landscaped estate with distinctive formal English gardens, located in Trousdale Estates of Beverly Hills, California, United States. Architect Gordon Kaufmann designed the residence and ancillary structures, and construction was 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 filmmaking and television production. 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 m2), is situated on 16 acres (6.5 ha) of land. At the time it was built, it cost over $4 million (equivalent to nearly $60 million in 2019) and was then the most expensive home built in California.

Current use

Greystone mansion
Landscape allée in the terraced gardens of Greystone.

Greystone is now a public park, and is also used as a location for special events, including the Beverly Hills Flower & Garden Festival. 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. The 2007 film There Will Be Blood, loosely based on the life of Edward Doheny via the Upton Sinclair book Oil!, 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 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 every year at Greystone Mansion since 2002; 2020 marked a run of 18 consecutive years, making it Los Angeles' longest-running play.

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 charity. The million-dollar gathering also includes live performances by leading artists. Since 2010, an annual Concours d'Elegance car show has been held at the Greystone Mansion.

Shot on location

  • Gilmore Girls Alias (Season 5 Episode 12 "There's Only One Sydney Bristow")
  • All of Me
  • The Amazing Race 17 (Finish Line in Season 17 Episode 12: "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race")
  • Arrow (TV series) Queen family's Mansion (Season 1 and 2)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Bare Essence (used as the Marshalls' mansion)
  • Batman & Robin
  • The Beautician and the Beast
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • The Bodyguard
  • Cabin Boy (1994 film)
  • Columbo (Season 2 Episode 4 "Dagger of the Mind")
  • Dark Mansions (1986 film)
  • Dark Shadows (1991 TV series) (used as Collinwood, the Collins family's mansion and estate)
  • The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963 film)
  • Dead Ringer
  • Death Becomes Her
  • The Disorderly Orderly (Jerry Lewis)
  • 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
  • Forever Amber
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Gilmore Girls (used as Chilton Academy, a prestigious preparatory school)
  • The Golden Child
  • Hard to Kill
  • Hart to Hart (Season 3 Episode 15)
  • "I Want Love" (Elton John music video)
  • "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (music video by Meatloaf)
  • The Invisible Boy (1957)
  • "It's Like That" (Mariah Carey music video)
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash (film)
  • Knight Rider (Season 1 Episode 1 "Knight of the Phoenix")
  • The Last Tycoon
  • The Loved One
  • Maryjane
  • MacGyver (Season 1 Episode 12 Deathlock)
  • Mercury Rising
  • The Mentalist (Season 1 Episode 21 Miss Red)
  • The Muppets (film) (Kermit's mansion)
  • Murder, She Wrote (Season 2 Episode 6 Reflections of the Mind & Season 3 Episode 4 One White Rose for Death)
  • 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)
  • NCIS (TV series) (Season 8 Episode 17, Leona Phelps' mansion)
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Picture Mommy Dead
  • The Prestige
  • The Puppet Masters
  • Remington Steele (Season 3 Episode "Blue Blooded Steele")
  • Revenge (TV series)
  • Rock Star
  • Rush Hour
  • Simply Mad About the Mouse (used for "The Bare Necessities" music video with Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • The Social Network
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Stripes (outside courtyard)
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Trouble with Angels (various outside shots)
  • The Vampire Diaries (promotional photoshoot)
  • "We Belong Together" (Mariah Carey music video)
  • ’’The West Wing - Episode: The State Dinner’’
  • What Women Want (Lauren Holly's wedding site)
  • Winter Kills
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • X-Men
  • The Young and the Restless
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