By Stefanie Michaels
Robinson Gardens is a historic estate located in the LA neighborhood of Beverly Hills. Harry and Linda Robinson, prominent figures in the Los Angeles arts and cultural scene of the 20th century, made their fortune owning Robinson’s Department Stores.
Their 6-acre property is historically significant as it was the residence of many famous guests. Since the Robinsons were known for their patronage of the arts, they rubbed elbows with many film stars of the day, such as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, and Winston Churchill. They hosted them on the property for weekenders, pool parties, tennis, and croquet games on the grounds.
Architect Lucian Nielson designed the main house, considered an essential example of the Mediterranean Revival style of architecture, popular in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s. The use of stucco walls, red tile roofs, and arched openings.
Today, the Gardens are known for this Mediterranean-style architecture and lush landscaping, which includes a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs. Most notable is the use of native California plants—incorporated into the design to create a sense of harmony between the built and natural environments.
The property also includes a large main house, several smaller buildings, a swimming pool, rose gardens, and a jaw-dropping palm tree jungle.
Considered a cultural and architectural gem of the city,
The Robinson Garden is now open to the public for tours, special events, and private rentals.
Visitors to Robinson Gardens can see a variety of features, including:
- The main house: The Mediterranean-style main house is where visitors can explore the interior and see its original furnishings and artwork.
- The gardens: The gardens are one of the highlights of Robinson Gardens, including the Italian Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Lagoon Garden. (The gardens are known for lush landscaping and diverse plant collections including a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs).
- The swimming pool: The pool is located in the gardens and surrounded by a terrace with views of the garden.
- The smaller buildings: Visitors can also explore the smaller buildings on the property, such as the Guest House and the Pool House, decorated with original furnishings and artwork.
- The art collection: As patronage of the arts the art collection is on display throughout, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.
- The historical aspects: Guests can learn about the history of the property and the people who lived there.
TIP: It’s important to call ahead and make reservations. Limited visitor times are available.