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MSMU to Host December Public Tours of Historic Doheny Mansion

Nov. 19, 2008 -- 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 Dec. 13, 2008. These are the first public tours since the College announced it formed the Friends of the Doheny Mansion group dedicated to raising funds to restore this historic property.

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.

In October, the College hosted an afternoon tea honoring the legacy of philanthropist Estelle Doheny and the 110-year-old downtown Doheny Mansion, one of the city's premier cultural monuments. The event brought together supporters seeking to preserve the mansion. Curator MaryAnn Bonino also recently released her new book, "The Doheny Mansion: A Biography of a Home," which 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.

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.

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