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Friday, April 19, 2013

Abbey San Encino

We're in Highland Park, a not-fancy part of the LA sprawl. The Abbey San Encino, which is not an abbey but a private home, hides quietly behind a chain-link fence as though it has taken a vow of silence.

The fence is necessary. The house is too famous to let people approach just any old time and, say, leave a flyer on the porch. It's where singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and his singer-songwriter brother, Severin Browne, grew up. Their grandfather, Clyde Browne, built the house. He, too, was well-known in his day as a printer and typographer. Floyd Bariscale wrote the definitive article over at Big Orange Landmarks.

The house is available for photo and film shoots. Jackson Browne even posed in the courtyard for the cover of his album For Everyman (ironic, as this is not an Everyman sort of house).

My favorite thing about this house that I found online: looky.

Update, 1pm: This house is not usually open to the public, but it so happens that there's a tour THIS Sunday, 4/21/13. Thanks to Pasadena Adjacent for the link.


P.S. If you want to win a free copy of Camelot & Vine, Margaret is playing Pass the Book.

27 comments:

Dina said...

I love the story of how he built the house.
I'd love to live in this house.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

love the architecture! reminds me a lot of some of the older buildings where I live... I can imagine an old western to a music video being shot there...there's a lot of great historic places here.

Bellis said...

Glad you got there. Your links are fascinating, especially the video at the end (looky). I'll sign up to any fundraiser that gets me inside - I've simply got to explore those dungeons. Perhaps PA of Garvanza will hear if there's an open day?

One of the comments in Floyd's blog mentions the wooden pagoda next door. It was bought to stop someone tearing it down to build too close to the Abbey.

By the way, did you know the Craig adobe is for sale?

Petrea Burchard said...

Me too, Dina. It looks peaceful. It's not surrounded by peaceful, but what you do is use your millions to buy up nearby properties and grow trees on them.

It would be a great place for a film shoot, KBF.

I knew about the Craig Adobe, Bellis. A couple of people thought I should buy it. Speaking of my millions!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

It's having a fund raising tour this Sunday through HPHT. 40 bucks non members and 30 bucks for members

http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2013/04/save-the-date-highland-park-medieval-style-landmark-open-for-tours/



LONDONLULU said...

Wow, that video isn't even done playing and I'm completely entranced! (I love the incredible spaghetti western score) Gorgeous capture and love the history.

Laura Monteros said...

Not an abbey, but it does have a chapel and organ. This would be the perfect location for the Moreno ranch if another "Ramona" movie is made.

Bibi said...

What a pad. Wish it were mine. I'll check out the link now.

Bellis said...

PA, you came through with the info and I'm heading there on Sunday. Many thanks!!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks for the link, PA. Did you notice someone linked to a post of yours in the comments?

I hope those tours fill up.

LOLfromPasa said...

Super neat photo, Petrea, and interesting background info too!

Katie said...

What a fabulous place! Love the stained glass and all the brick and stone work. I'd love to live in this house too, especially for the interior courtyard where you can easily find sun or shade. Very cool video tour - thanks for including that link for those of us who can't make the real tour!

Latino Heritage said...

Grand image, great bits of texture.
I love the idea for the spare millions. If I had them and were able to buy the house I'd follow your ideas. Lots of trees, stones, and succulents.
By the way, there is an Oral History of Severin Browne at Pasadena Heritage and Pasadena Museum of History. It is one of the most elaborate volumes in the series. I was working at PH when it was completed.

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Shell Sherree said...

Fancy building a railway line to help with his construction! Sounds like a determined and resourceful man who wove a lovely rich life for himself. Thanks, Petrea.

Petrea Burchard said...

Very cool, Roberta. Did Browne record it himself? Maybe with some music?

Shell, the early settlers here (out your way too, I'll bet) were very resourceful.

Susan Campisi said...

Oh, wow! I grew up with Jackson Browne's music. My two older sisters are his biggest fans. I knew he was from this area but had no idea the house was in Highland Park. It has such an interesting history; I'm so glad it still exists, but am I the only one who finds the video a bit spooky? I think I'd be afraid to live there.

Fun learning where the For Everyman cover came from (I used to have the album).

Petrea Burchard said...

I had a couple of his albums ("the Very Best Of," for one). He was a huge star when I was in college, and he's still at it.

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh! Plus "Running on Empty."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYq2iXXxOKY

love love love love love

Petrea Burchard said...

That's the whole album. It's got "Stay" on it. Yessss.

Ms M said...

Fascinating, beautiful home! Love the courtyards. I didn't know Jackson Browne grew up there. Thanks for posting the video -- it was a great tour. I'm trying to imagine what it would be like to live in this house....

JM said...

It's a fantastic house and the cactus adds so much to the photo. Great shot, Petrea!

Susan Campisi said...

"Running on Empty" is a good one, Petrea. His first album, "Saturate Before Using," from 1972,could be my favorite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUmcknBeWWE

I wonder if he wrote these songs while living in Abbey San Encino.

Petrea Burchard said...

I think we all liked this one. It's a special spot to find in the middle of L.A.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a fabulous house and how many story...
Love the video and its impactante music. The stained glass window in the house is gorgeous. Love the patio too. As always, love seeing a dog resting in the house.

Latino Heritage said...

The Severin Browne Oral History is part of the series that has been recorded over a couple of decades, the bulk being housed at Pasadena Heritage. A copy of Browne' OH is in Centennial Room, Pasadena Central. Perhaps I'll write about the OH next week.

Quick aside - Around 1971 my friends and I went to hear Laura Nyro at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The young man who opened for her had to deal with hecklers in the crowd. They told him to get off stage, so Laura could begin her performance. Yes, that was Jackson Browne, who they were trying to get off the stage. Laura was accompanied by her friends - Labelle.


TheChieftess said...

Hmmmm...Jackson Browne was in my first husband's high school English class in Fullerton...I think I would have rather stayed here in this charming home rather than move to Fullerton!!!