Marion Davies beach house on Santa Monica beach, 1930s & 1940s

From Wikipedia:

The site of the Beach House was a hot spot on Santa Monica’s Gold Coast in the 1930s and 1940s, as William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies entertained Hollywood’s rich and famous at Davies’ 5-acre estate. The property boasted a 110-room Georgian Revival mansion designed by Julia Morgan, tennis courts, guest houses, and an ornate swimming pool complete with marble deck and staircases

After Davies sold the estate in 1946, it was operated as ‘Oceanhouse,’ a luxury hotel and limited-membership beach club. Prior to being sold to the State of California is 1959, the main mansion was demolished. The Sand & Sea Club continued until the City of Santa Monica took over operation of the site in 1989. It was run as a public facility open to event rental and filming until the 1994 Northridge earthquake severely damaged all structures on site.

Today, it is known as the Annenberg Community Beach House

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The "Gold Room" in Marion Davies Santa Monica beach house The entrance hall in Marion Davies Santa Monica beach house

Former William Randolph Hearst _ Marion Davies Santa Monica Beach House

Carousel at the beach house:

Carousel at the beach house

The library in Marion Davies Santa Monica beach house The upstairs hall in Marion Davies Santa Monica beach houseDining room at Marion Davies Beach House

Marion Davies's Santa Monica beach house, around 1930

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Marion Davies Mansion on the beach at Santa Monica

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Marion Davies beach house with surfer

Kitchen in Marion Davies’ Beach House:

Kitchen in Marion Davies' Beach House

The kitchin in the Marion Davies Santa Monica Beach house

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2 Responses to Marion Davies beach house on Santa Monica beach, 1930s & 1940s

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    Can you imagine the fun at Marion’s beach house in the Golden Age of Hollywood?!

    Here’s some more interesting info on this fascinating house:

    https://www.kcet.org/departures-columns/marions-playground-the-story-of-the-annenberg-community-beach-house

    “And every year the center celebrates the birth of Marion Davies, who is barely mentioned during tours of Hearst’s San Simeon, with a swing dance. It is all part of the plan, according to docent Kay Pattison; “We’re going to bring her out of the shadows, and put her back in the sunshine on the beach where she belongs.”

    To say she deserves this recognition is an understatement!

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean

  2. Amazing isn’t it? I was there once but can’t recall the year other than to say Marion and WR still owned it. Love always.