I was inspired by my first visit last week to the 1926 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library to make this week's KCRW column about L.A.'s historical tradition of concerts and recitals in private homes. The Clark, in the West Adams district but owned and run by UCLA, has performances in the drawing room where recitals were hosted by the library's creator, William Andrews Clark Jr., founder in 1919 of the L.A. Philharmonic.
The piece also mentions the Chamber Music in Historic Places series by Mount St. Mary's, Pacific Serenades (I attended a recital last year in the pool house of the old Mary Pickford mansion in Fremont Place) and the Hancock music salon at USC. Here's the link to listen at KCRW.com or read the text.
Clark Jr. is buried in one of the city's most recognizable tombs — the one surrounded by a lake at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The picture at the top shows the Clark library's drawing room. More iPhone pics from the Clark below.
Drawing room where concerts are held at the Clark library.
Ceiling detail in the drawing room.
View of the east lawn from the drawing room.
Mezzanine level in the Clark library.
All photos by LA Observed except the Clark tomb, which is from Wikipedia.