Canfield-Moreno Estate

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Canfield-Moreno Estate
The Paramour Mansion during the 1930s
Location 1923 Micheltorena St.
Coordinates 34°05′41″N 118°16′19″W / 34.09475°N 118.272°W / 34.09475; -118.272Coordinates: 34°05′41″N 118°16′19″W / 34.09475°N 118.272°W / 34.09475; -118.272
Built 1923
Architect Robert D. Farquhar
Architectural style(s) Mediterranean Revival
Governing body private
Designated 1988[1]
Reference no. 391

The Canfield-Moreno Estate, also known as The Paramour Mansion, or The Crestmount, is a historic residence and estate located in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, California. The estate is named after its original owners, and it was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1988.


The mansion is a 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) Mediterranean Revival architectural style mansion on 4.5 acres of view property. It was designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar and built in 1923. When it was the opulent residence of silent film star Antonio Moreno and his wife and oil heiress, Daisy Canfield Danziger, daughter of pioneer oilman Charles A. Canfield, it was the scene for lavish Sunday afternoon parties for members of high society and silent screen notables.[2]

On February 23, 1933, Daisy Canfield was returning from a party and died when her car plunged off Mulholland Drive. Since then, the 22-room estate has seen many incarnations, including the Chloe P. Canfield School for Girls. In 1950, it became a convent for Franciscan nuns. In the 1970s the Franciscan nuns ran a home for girls at the estate. They sold the property in 1998 to Dana Hollister. Hollister has tried many times to obtain zoning variances from the city in order to commercialize the property. This has resulted in bitter and lengthy battles with neighbors in this quiet, residential neighborhood.[3]


Many renowned artists like Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Beck, Lucinda Williams, Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan, Colin James, My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, Sting, Elton John, John Mayer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have made music in the mansion. It has been a set location for films such as Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Intolerable Cruelty, Scream 3 and most recently 'The Neon Demon' and TV Show "Another Period"; as well as for Britney Spears' music video My Prerogative and First Aid Kit's video My Silver Lining.


  1. ^ Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ Retrieved September 2, 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ George, Lynell (April 29, 2007). "Dana Hollister". Los Angeles Times.