View Single Post
Old Posted Jul 30, 2012, 9:21 PM
ethereal_reality's Avatar
ethereal_reality ethereal_reality is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lafayette/West Lafayette IN, Purdue U.
Posts: 15,876
One of the most exotic places we've overlooked here on 'noirish los angeles' is El Miradero, Leslie Coombs Brand's mansion in Glendale
(once home to Brand Field as mentioned by Chuckaluck).

Constructed in 1903 the design is similar to the East Indiana Pavilion built for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
The architecture is considered Saracenic, with crenellated arches, bulbous domes and minars
(characteristics of Spanish, Moorish and Indian styles).

Mr. Brand died in the house in 1925. He bequeathed El Miradero to the city of Glendale,
although Mrs. Brand retained rights of residence until 1945.

below: The grand gate leading to the mansion (as seen in the distance).

below: The opposite view looking toward the gate.

The will provided that the property should be used exclusively for a public park and library.
Mrs. Brand died in 1945, and by 1956 the mansion had been converted into Brand Library.

below: The entrance to Brand Park today.

below: El Miradero as Brand Library.


Last edited by ethereal_reality; Jul 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM.
Reply With Quote