Bernheimer Residence Patio
The Patio, Bernheimer Residence,
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Conceived in 1911 and completed in 1914, the Bernheimer brothers, Charles Bernheimer and Adolph Bernheimer, built a 10-room mansion 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard. It was an exact replica of a palace located in the Yamashiro mountains near Kyoto, Japan. It was their personal residence and was built to house the oriental treasures they collected in their travels that began in the 19th century. The mansion became a gathering place for movie stars and celebrities of the time. Charles Bernheimer passed away in 1922 and much of the collection was sold at auction. In the early 1940s it was vandalized by anti-Japanese patriots. It was converted to apartments and fell into a state of total disrepair. It was purchased in 1948 by Thomas O. Glover who intended to demolish it, but he discovered the treasures under layers of paint and decided to restore it instead. Restoration continues today and its magnificence lives and thrives as the Yamashiro Restaurant. The address is 1999 N. Sycamore, Hollywood, CA.
A very special thanks to Mary Louise for providing this history; various sources used, including history by Thomas Y. Glover on Yamashiro Website.