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Mount's Historic Doheny Mansion to Host Spring Tours, Lectures

March 14, 2011 -- The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, former estate of early-1900s oil baron Edward L. Doheny, opens for several public events in April, including public tours at 9, 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. on April 16.

Other events related to the historic mansion include:

  • On April 3, Getty Fellow Sylvain Cordier will discuss the mansion's Bellangé desk, attributed to the 19th-century work of Louis-Francois Bellangé. Following the presentation, Cordier will respond to questions in the mansion. Admission is free but space is limited and tickets are required.
  • On April 30, Ulysses Grant Dietz, great-great grandson of former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, will present his lecture "From Romanticism to the Gilded Age: The American Home and the Course of Empire," followed by tea and a mini-tour of the mansion. The lecture alone is $10, and the cost is $45 for the lecture and tea. Tickets are required. Please contact Karen Butler for more information about the Bellangé desk presentation or Dietz's lecture at 213.477.2761, or by email at

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. The 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 support restoration efforts, the College continues to expand its group Friends of the Doheny Mansion.

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 or on

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