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Mansion Opens for Summer Public Tours

June 5, 2009 -- 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, 9:45, 10:30, and 11:15 a.m. on July 11, 2009. The mansion exterior is featured in director Sam Raimi's new film "Drag Me to Hell."

Home to the Doheny family for nearly 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.

Public tours, which cost $25 a person, include the first floor of the mansion and surrounding grounds. Some discounts apply. Call 213.477.2962 for tour information, or go to www.dohenymansion.org for tour information and other mansion news. The mansion is located near downtown Los Angeles at No. 8 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

The College continues to expand its new group Friends of the Doheny Mansion, which is dedicated to raising funds to restore this historic property. The group supports a plan to enhance art and furniture, re-plaster walls, and make repairs to the famous Pompeian Room's Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass done.

To learn more about the Dohenys, read the book "The Doheny Mansion: A Biography of a Home," by mansion Curator MaryAnn Bonino. The book presents historical highlights of the rise of the Dohenys from modest means to world-class hosts who invited movie stars, financiers, and politicians into their home. All proceeds from book sales go toward mansion conservation. The book is available for purchase through www.dacamera.org.

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