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Hollywood Hills
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Harris, L. Mildred
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The 1914 hilltop estate was originally built to house the priceless collection of Asian treasures owned by brothers Charles and Adolph Bernheimer. In order to have an authentic Japanese design, hundreds of skilled craftsmen were brought from Asia to recreate an exact replica of a palace located in the Yamashiro mountains near Kyoto, Japan. The original Bernheimer structure included a 10-room teak and cedar mansion, where carved rafters were lacquered in gold and tipped with bronze dragons. The grounds included superbly landscaped Japanese gardens and a Sacred Inner Court in the center of the home filled with sculptured plants, pools and fish. The colorful hillside terraces included 30,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, waterfalls, hundreds of goldfish, and even exotic birds and monkeys. After the death of one of the brothers in 1922, the art collections were auctioned off. A few years later, around the time this photograph was taken, the estate served as headquarters for the exclusive Hollywood "400 Club," an organization for the elite of the motion picture industry. After WWII, the home was remodeled and converted into apartments. Soon thereafter, Thomas O. Glover purchased the property and began the ongoing restoration of what was to become the Yamashiro restaurant. The structure has been a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument since 2008.
View of the Hollywood Hills. Seen are homes and the Yamashiro restaurant (center). Dated February 25, 1962.
1 slide :color ;5 x 5 cm.
Photographic color slides
L. Mildred Harris Slide Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
Yamashiro (Restaurant : Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Restaurants--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Dwellings--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Architecture, Domestic--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)--Japanese influences
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Mountains--California, Southern
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Time Period

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