From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Architectural concept drawing, LA Times, 29 September 1912

Krotona was one of three important Theosophical "colonies" in the United States during the early part of the 20th century. Originally built in Hollywood during 1912, the colony was eventually relocated to Ojai, California in 1926, where it operates today as the Krotona Institute of Theosophy.[1]

Located just off of State Route 33, the Krotona Institute holds regular classes and workshops on Theosophy, maintains an extensive library on the occult, and has a small bookstore.

The Hollywood Krotona building located at Primrose and Vista Del Mar was erected in 1919.[2] Tenants have included Annie Sullivan Knudsen (sugar cane heiress), New Yorker Grace Shaw Duff, Henry Hotchener, Marie Russack, silver screen stars Mary Astor and Charlie Chaplin, and record producer Joshua Rumer of Invengo Records. When the Krotonians, spurred by Madame Blavatsky, found Hollywood suffocating their peace-filled theosophies, they decided to move to Ojai California and that is where they have been ever since.


  1. ^ Willis, Alfred. "A Survey of Surviving Buildings of the Krotona Colony in Hollywood" (PDF). University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  2. ^ Meares, Hadley Hall (May 22, 2014) "The Creation of Beachwood Canyon's Theosophist "Dreamland" Curbed LA


  • Power, Ralph Lester (1921). Libraries of Los Angeles and Vicinity. University of Southern California press. p. 46. 
  • Hine, Robert V. (1953). California's Utopian Colonies. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library. p. 57n. 

External links[edit]