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Mansion Curator's Tea to Be Held in May

April 11, 2008 -- The famous Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, former home of early-1900s oil baron Edward L. Doheny, opens for the 4th Annual Curator's Lecture and Afternoon Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 17, 2008.

Curator MaryAnn Bonino will discuss her upcoming book, The Doheny Mansion: A Biography of a Home, and docents will lead a tour of the mansion.

Home to the Doheny family for almost 60 years, the Gothic Renaissance-style Victorian mansion was designed by Theodore Augustus Eisen and Sumner P. Hunt in 1898. Doheny and his wife, Carrie Estelle Doheny, frequently remodeled the mansion and added the famous Pompeian Room with iridescent Tiffany glass dome and imported Siena marble.

In addition to serving as curator of the Doheny Mansion, Bonino is founding director emeritus of the College's Da Camera Society, which hosts award-winning "Chamber Music in Historic Sites" concerts throughout Southern California. Bonino also is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University, a professor-at-large emeritus, and the 2004 recipient of the Carondelet Medal, the College's most prestigious honor.

The afternoon tea and tour costs $45 per person. Contact Heather Schraeder at 213.477.2761 or hschraeder@msmu.edu to RSVP or for more information. For more information on the mansion, click here.

Reporters and editors interested in touring the Doheny Mansion or speaking with the curator should contact Marie Blakey in the Public Relations Department at 213.477.2505 or mblakey@msmu.edu. The historic mansion is located near downtown Los Angeles at 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

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