Beverly Hills is abuzz with Design House International’s Gala and Showcase House opening at the iconic Greystone Mansion on November 2, 2013.
While the home is a true beauty on its own, The Friends of Greystone capitalize on its architecture by annually inviting world renowned interior designers to transform the mansion into Design House International’s Showcase House. This year’s theme, ‘Titans of Business’, expresses the creativity and power of iconic titans of business from the entertainment, fashion, finance and technology industries.
The showcase launches with a Masquerade Gala, “An exclusive viewing of Greystone Mansion’s magnificent rooms created by top interior designers and the titans who inspired them,” benefiting the ongoing restoration of the estate. Some of the titans include Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Halston.
Isharya is proud to donate to the silent auction supporting the historic mansion, which draws the finest crowds from around the world. The showcase is open starting November 2 – November 24, with tickets available here.
One of our correspondents had the pleasure of visiting the mansion. Here’s his story, and more history of this iconic landmark:
The expansive entertaining patio of Greystone Mansion.
The scenic gardens of Greystone.
The Gates of Greystone, photo by Mary E Nichols.
After the winding drive past palatial estates, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and through the towering iron gates, it’s hard to believe you’re allowed to be here. Instantly you feel like Hollywood royalty. Nestled on 18 acres in between Holmby Hills and the Sunset Strip, the historic 46,000 sq ft, Greystone Mansion is a public respite with sweeping views of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
The expansive garden entrance to Greystone.
Views of condos in the heart of Beverly Hills.
The carport at Greystone Mansion.
With great drive up appeal and lush gardens, Greystone’s exterior is 19th century English revival architecture with a combination of two story turrets faced with Indiana limestone, Welsh slate and leaded glass windows. The interior is 18th century in style and includes fifty-five livable rooms, including the entertainment wing consisting of a theater, bowling alley and billiard room.
Construction started on the mansion in 1926 and finished two years later at a cost of $3 million ($41 million in today’s dollar). The original owners occupied the residence until 1955, when Ms. Doheny sold Greystone to Henry Crown, the owner of the Empire State Building. After renting the estate to movie studios, Mr. Crown wanted to subdivide the property in 1963, leading to the mansions potential demolition. A citizen’s community worked with the City of Beverly Hills to purchase the estate in 1965 and in 1971 it was turned into a public park. The non-profit, Friends of Greystone, was founded to care for the property.
During its lifespan The Bodyguard, Ghostbusters 2, Rush Hour, The Social Network, Spider-Man, X-Men were all filmed at the mansion, including many others.
In keeping with the Showcase House’s ‘Titan’ theme and 1920’s flapper elegance, ISHARYA picked the Black Goddess Honeycomb Fringe necklace as the perfect piece for the silent auction. Adorned with 18k gold and black jasper, it’s a true statement piece.
Enjoy touring the showcase house!