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College Opens Landmark Doheny Mansion for Summer Tours

June 23, 2010 -- The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, former estate of early-1900s oil baron Edward L. Doheny, opens for public tours at 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. on July 17, 2010. The College continues its ongoing restoration of the home, and visitors will be able to see this work up close.

Work on the Gothic Renaissance-style Victorian mansion this summer includes exterior stucco work, painting the home's north facade and repairing damaged architectural features. To support restoration efforts, the College continues to expand the Friends of the Doheny Mansion.

Home to the Doheny family for nearly 60 years, the mansion was designed by Theodore Augustus Eisen and Sumner P. Hunt in 1898. Doheny and his wife, Carrie Estelle Doheny, frequently remodeled the mansion. Public tours cost $25 a person. Tours include the first floor of the mansion and surrounding grounds. Some discounts apply. Call 213.477.2962 for tour information, or go to for tour information and other mansion news. The mansion is located near downtown Los Angeles at No. 8 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

To learn more about the Dohenys, read the book "The Doheny Mansion: A Biography of a Home," by mansion Curator MaryAnn Bonino. All proceeds from book sales go toward mansion conservation. The book is available for purchase through


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