Playboy Mansion

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The Playboy Mansion West
Playboy Mansion North Side 2007.jpg
General information
TypeHouse
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Tudor Revival
Location10236 Charing Cross Road, Los Angeles, California, Holmby Hills
Construction started1927
Technical details
Floor area21,987 sq ft (2,042.7 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectArthur R. Kelly
Other information
Number of rooms29
 
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The Playboy Mansion West
Playboy Mansion North Side 2007.jpg
General information
TypeHouse
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Tudor Revival
Location10236 Charing Cross Road, Los Angeles, California, Holmby Hills
Construction started1927
Technical details
Floor area21,987 sq ft (2,042.7 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectArthur R. Kelly
Other information
Number of rooms29

The Playboy Mansion (also known as the Playboy Mansion West) is the home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. Located in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, California, next to Beverly Hills. The mansion became famous during the 1970s through media reports of Hefner's lavish parties.

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History

The mansion's front door on Dec. 8, 2007.
Original plan of the pool

The 21,987-square-foot (2,042.7 m2) house is described as being in the "Gothic-Tudor" style by Forbes magazine, and sits on 5.3 acres (2.1 ha). It was built by architect Arthur R. Kelly in 1927 for Arthur Letts, Jr., son of The Broadway Department Store founder Arthur Letts and acquired by Playboy from Louis D. Statham (1908–1983), an engineer, inventor and chess aficionado, in 1971 for $US1.1 million ($US5.5 million in 2007 dollars).[1] In early 2011 it was valued at $US54 million.[2] It sits close to the northwestern corner of the Los Angeles Country Club, near UCLA and the Bel-Air Country Club. Fifteen million dollars has been invested in renovation and expansion.

The mansion has 22 rooms including a wine cellar, a game room, a zoo and aviary (and related pet cemetery), tennis courts, a waterfall and a swimming pool area (including a patio and barbecue area, a grotto, a sauna and a bathhouse). These features and others have been shown on television.

The game room (game house) is a separate building on the property's north side. From the fountain in front of the main entrance, there are two sidewalks, running past a wishing-well. The sidewalk on the right leads to the game house and runs past a Hollywood Star of Hefner. Its front entrance opens to a game room with a pool table in the center. This room has vintage and modern arcade games, pinball machines, player piano, jukebox, television, stereo, and couch. The game house has two wings. Left is a room with a soft cushioned floor, mirrors all around, television. There is a restroom with a shower. The right wing of the game house has a smaller restroom, and entrance to a bedroom. This bedroom is connected to another bedroom, which has an exit to the rear backyard of the game house. The game house has a backyard with lounge chairs, and gates on either side.

In 2010, Hugh Hefner's former girlfriend Izabella St. James, in her memoir "Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion", wrote that the house was in need of renovation: "Everything in the Mansion felt old and stale, and Archie the house dog would regularly relieve himself on the hallway curtains, adding a powerful whiff of urine to the general scent of decay."[3]

The house next door is a mirror image of the Mansion layout, only smaller. Hefner purchased the neighboring building in 1996 and it is home to his separated wife Kimberley Conrad and their children together. Hefner and Conrad married in 1989 and separated in 1998. According to the Wall Street Journal, Hefner and his wife announced in March 2009 that they are listing Mrs. Hefner's home for sale at $US28 million.[4]

In 2002, Hefner purchased a house across the street from the mansion for use by Playmates.

The original Playboy Mansion

The original Playboy Mansion.

The original Playboy Mansion was a 70-room classicizing French brick and limestone residence in Chicago at 1340 North State Parkway, which had been built in 1899 for Dr. George Swift Isham;[5] it was acquired by Hefner in 1959. For a period in the 1970s, Hefner divided his time between the Chicago mansion and the Mansion West, moving full-time to the California mansion in 1974. The Chicago mansion boasted a brass plate on the door with the Latin inscription, Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare ("If you don't swing, don't ring").

Events and appearances

Midsummer Night's Dream Party

The Midsummer Night's Dream Party, also known as the Midsummer's party, is an annual event held at the Playboy Mansion on the first Saturday in August.[2]

Financial

According to Playboy Enterprises' SEC filings, Hefner pays Playboy rent for "that portion of the Playboy Mansion used exclusively for him and his personal guests' residence as well as the per-unit value of non-business meals, beverages and other benefits received by him and his personal guests". This amount was $US1.3 million in 2002, $US1.4 million in 2003, and $US1.3 million in 2004.

Playboy pays for the Mansion's operating expenses (including depreciation and taxes), which were $US3.6 million in 2002, $US2.3 million in 2003, and $US3.0 million in 2004, net of rent received from Hefner.[6]

Charity events

The Playboy Mansion hosts charity events, including Karma Foundation, the Celebrity Poker Tournament,[7] a fundraising party for the Marijuana Policy Project,[8] and an event to benefit research into autism.

Public health incidents

In February 2011, 123 people complained of fever and respiratory illness after attending a DomainFest Global conference event held at the Playboy Mansion. Epidemiologists from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported their findings at a Centers for Disease Control conference that the disease outbreak was traced to a whirlpool hot tub in the mansion's famed grotto, where they found bacteria that causes Legionnaires' Disease.[9][10]

Notes

  1. ^ Playboy Enterprises Annual Report. http://library.corporate-ir.net/library/10/100/100055/items/294186/PLAYBOYENTERPRI10K.pdf Accessed 16 Dec 2008
  2. ^ Playboy Mansion Valued at $54 Million in Lawsuit
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Lewis, Christina S.N. (2009-03-13). "Hefners List L.A. Mansion for $US28 Million". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  5. ^ Chicago: architecture and Cityscape: The original Playboy Mansion credits David Adler as architect, though Adler was born in 1882.
  6. ^ 10KWizard - SEC filings
  7. ^ "Celebrity Poker Tournament". charitypokertournament.net. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Marijuana Policy Project Party". mpp.org. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  9. ^ "Playboy Mansion illness traced to hot tub bacteria". The Associated Press. Associated Press. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Rong-Gong Lin II (22 April 2011). "Playboy's mystery outbreak". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 

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