Chester Place is the oldest gated community in Los Angeles, California, dedicated in 1899. The private road was home to the rich and famous of Los Angeles in the early part of the 20th Century, includinig oil baron Edward L. Doheny, whose family lived on the street for 57 years. Still guarded on West Adams Boulevard by its 130 year old gates, Chester Place is immediately south of downtown Los Angeles between 23rd Street and West Adams Boulevard. The street is now the Doheny campus of Mount St. Mary's College.
Chester Place book:An informative and fascinating history of the street and its residents, Don Sloper's Los Angeles's Chester Place, is now available at selected local book stores, independent and on-line retailers, such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. The book can also be ordered directly from the publisher, Arcadia Publishing, at: http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/book/0738546879
Chester Place Public Tours:Chester Place is open for docent led scheduled public and private tours. For information about scheduling a tour, call 213 477-2962 or see the website at:http://www.dohenymansion.org/tours.html
More than a Century separates the two pictures below. On the left (postcard courtesy Marlene Laskey Collection) are the West Adams Boulevard gates before 1901. On the right is a current view of the gates. Note that electric lights have replaced the flower pots.