Mystery of the vacant Baldwin Hills oil field mansion (audio)


Fun piece by Anna Scott, a producer with KCRW's Press Play, on that house you can see among the oil wells off to the west of La Cienega Boulevard in the Baldwin Hills. When the LA Conservancy knew nothing about the house, she found a guy who has been looking into its backstory for years. He wrote it at SkyscraperPage. Turns out that up close it's a big, brick vacant mansion from the early 1900s that is now rented out for film, TV and commercial location shooting. There's even a tie to the original mansion-owning families on Wilshire Boulevard and to the Chandler family that used to own the Los Angeles Times and run a lot of things in Southern California.

By the way, the Higgins home that she mentioned is the gorgeous mansion that sat at Wilshire and Rampart (the northeast corner) and was moved to Lucerne Avenue in Hancock Park, where it remains.

higgins-mansion-lucerne.jpgThe Higgins mansion.

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