Greystone Mansion chimneys by Celeste Mookherjee

This is an isolated view of elaborate brick chimneys on the historic Greystone Mansion (Beverly Hills, California, USA), built 1926-1928 and dedicated as a City park in 1971. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion was nearly demolished for a subdivision, but the City of Beverly Hills stepped in and saved the building and grounds in 1965. The interior of the mansion is not open to the public, but the exterior and grounds are – and they are very beautiful! You may have seen this place without knowing it, because it is a very popular location for movies, TV shows, and commercials. It’s also a must-see for visitors to the Los Angeles area. Greystone Mansion (also known as Doheny Mansion) is believed by many to be haunted, and special ghost-themed tours are available around Halloween. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 70mm [140mm in full-frame equivalent], f/4.5, 1/800 sec., ISO 100, sunny, handheld)

Top 10 in “Brick Work Challenge” in Shapes and Patterns group (April 2014)

Featured in Art in Math (25 January 2013)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    This is an isolated view of elaborate brick chimneys on the historic Greystone Mansion (Beverly Hills, California, USA), built 1926-1928 and dedicated as a City park in 1971. (Click on Description for more information.)

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 2 years ago

    Such beautiful stonework . . . Lovely architectural shot Celeste . . .x

  • Teresa, thank you for your lovely comment. This is but one detail among many fascinating aspects of the Greystone Mansion, but I find the brickwork especially appealing.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    I cannot work out how such an intricate pattern was made with bricks on round chimneys! Fascinating.And on the chimney pots too. Are other parts of this mansion decorative like this?

  • Thanks, Bette! I’ve wondered the same thing about the chimneys from the first time I saw them. There are many interesting architectural details at the exterior of the mansion, and I’m sure many more inside (where I’ve never been). I have always liked the chimneys best. Greystone Park has a website with some photos and history. I also have one other photo of Greystone in my portfolio, showing part of the courtyard and rear of the mansion.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Wonderful textures and shadow, Celeste!!! :)))

  • Thanks very much, Laurie! The brickwork is some of the most intricate I’ve ever seen.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    Really interesting and beautiful! Another great find!!

  • Many thanks, Kristi! It’s such a grand building, but the chimneys are really special.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 2 years ago

    Very interesting history, impressive and beautiful chimney, perfectly captured, Celeste

  • Thanks very much, Elfie! It’s a grand place to visit (including formal gardens) and lots of fun to photograph.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    I love this. Great colours and details.
    I have a passion for old craftmanship and building.

  • I’m so glad you like it, Joy! I also have a great interest in the details of historic old buildings, both photographically and for the stories.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Wow! What unique masonary work! I can’t even imagine how they did this!

  • Thanks for your lovely comment, Angie! From the very first time I saw these chimneys (many years ago on an outing with a film photography group I belonged to), I was fascinated and also wondered how the brickwork was accomplished.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierover 2 years ago

    Amazing stone and brick work… and a great capture. And it’s haunted!!!

  • This is a great place to visit for so many reasons. Yes, haunted and such a beautiful spot in the hills. (A bit of Google searching on “Greystone Mansion” plus “haunted” brings up some fascinating stories.) Thank you for your wonderful comment, Sandra.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 2 years ago

    What an interesting design in these chimneys, Celeste! Wonderful angle, detail, and contrast between the textures of the bricks and the roof tiles

  • Thanks very much, Anita! The brickwork design is so unusual, compared to other buildings I’ve seen, that it captured my attention on my very first visit to Greystone some years ago.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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