Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of
The Godfather at the historic Beverly House
Once the home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies, this iconic and historic estate has been host to numerous film productions. Movie buffs will recognize the house from one of the most memorable scenes in The Godfather, the “horse head in the bed” scene.
Sunday, May 1st 2022
11 AM – 2 PM
- Historic Tour by Author David Silverman
- Special Gifting Suite for LMGI Members!
RSVP for you and a guest for this limited capacity event!
Perhaps no home speaks to the history of Hollywood grandeur and artistic opulence as well as the Beverly House. Originally built in 1926 with a classic Mediterranean style, the estate represents a remarkable fusion of ingenuity, attention to detail, and quality in the heart of Beverly Hills. Providing a lavish escape, the Beverly House delivered the solitude, gravitas, and luxury befitting of one of the most influential businessmen in the country, William Randolph Hearst, and his paramour, esteemed actress Marion Davies.
Architect Gordon Kaufmann of Hoover Dam fame fully embraced the challenge of executing its ambitious design. Hearst bought the estate in 1946.
Hearst and Davies
In 1946, the property would trade for just $110,000. Its new owners, Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst, sought a residence within proximity of Los Angeles’ reputable medical treatment. Recognizing Hearst’s despondency over leaving his beloved castle in San Simeon, Marion Davies arranged to relocate sculpture and paintings from their Northern California estate to ease Hearst’s transition to Beverly Hills.
Hearst died at the house in 1951. In 1953, John F. Kennedy Jr. and his new bride, Jacqueline, chose the illustrious destination as their honeymoon haven.
Historic Tour by David Silverman
David Silverman and his company, LA House Histories, create privately commissioned coffee table books about the history of homes. He has written about many of LA’s greatest historic estates, once owned by Hollywood luminaries and LA business titans alike. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, and Architectural Digest. In addition to his books, David researches historic residential and commercial properties for film and TV productions, finding vintage photos to inform creative decisions. He also provides services to real estate brokers, architects, and interior designers Before founding LA House Histories in 2018, David was a production lawyer for 19 years at Columbia Pictures, where he worked with scores of location managers.
Iconic Film Location
This historic and iconic estate has been the host to numerous film productions. Movie buffs will recognize the house from one of the most memorable scenes in The Godfather, the “horse head in the bed” scene.
Author and historian David Silverman of LA House Histories has graciously agreed to give us a personal guided tour of the estate.
The LMGI is proud to partner with Image Locations to celebrate The Godfather‘s 50th Anniversary with LMGI Members, Location Professionals, and sister Guilds on May 1st.
RSVP for this limited capacity event today!
The Beverly House is happy to entertain your filming inquiries. Please contact Paul Kim at Image Locations for more details.