The Mansion (recording studio)

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The Mansion / The Houdini Estate
HeadquartersLaurel Canyon, California

The Mansion is a four-bedroom mansion owned by music producer Rick Rubin in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Originally built in 1918, the house is famous for the successful bands who have recorded music there. The house was owned by Errol Flynn in the late 1930s. Although many say[1] that Harry Houdini lived at the mansion,[2] no one has ever lived in the Mansion under the name "Houdini". There is confusion between The Mansion, at 2451 Laurel Canyon Blvd., and The Houdini Estate, at 2400 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

After recording the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik with considerable ease and comfort, Rubin decided to use the mansion to record many of the albums he has produced, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Audioslave's Out of Exile, The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium, Slipknot's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), and Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight.

Since 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have returned to the mansion on numerous occasions; the tracks "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population" on 2003's Greatest Hits compilation, and more recently the group's 2006 album Stadium Arcadium were recorded there. The mansion can also be seen on the Chili Peppers' 1991 documentary Funky Monks, Linkin Park's DVD The Making of Minutes to Midnight, and in a series of eight clips uploaded to LCD Soundsystem's official YouTube channel documenting the creation of This Is Happening.

Houdini connection[edit]

In 1919, Houdini rented the cottage[A] at 2435 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles, while making movies for Lasky Pictures. His wife occupied it for a time after his death. It is said that Houdini did practice his tricks in the pool at 2400 Laurel Canyon Boulevard.[4][5]

As of 2011 the site of the cottage was a vacant lot and up for sale.[3] The main mansion building itself was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the 1959 Laurel Canyon fire, and is now a historic venue called The Mansion.[6] While Houdini did not likely live at the "mansion," there is some probability that his widow did.[7]

This "house" should not be confused with the "House of Houdini" which was a former Houdini home, purchased in 1908, at 278 West 113th Street, Harlem, now called Morningside Heights, New York City that also displays artifacts.[8][3][9]

Recordings at the Mansion[edit]

Band or artist Album(s) and/or song(s) Year(s) of recording
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik 1991
Guns N' Roses November Rain 1991
Marilyn Manson Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) 1999 – 2000
American Head Charge The War of Art 2000 – 2001
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium 2002 – 2003
Jay-Z "99 Problems" 2003
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population" from Greatest Hits 2003
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) 2003
System of a Down Mezmerize & Hypnotize 2004
Ours Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy 2005
Audioslave Out of Exile 2005
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium 2005
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight 2006 – 2007
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long 2006 – 2007
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening 2009 – 2010
Lorde iHeart Radio Secret Sessions 2017
Major Lazer feat. Tove Lo "Blow That Smoke" 2018
Aluna & KAYTRANADA feat. Rema "The Recipe" 2020
Masego & Don Toliver "Mystery Lady" 2020
Young Thug feat. Travis Barker NPR tiny desk (home) concert 2021
Dua Lipa Houdini 2023


  1. ^ "Not the home, which was sensationally dubbed "the Houdini mansion" when it burned in 1959, and has been rebuilt using the name "Houdini Estate."[3]


  1. ^ Cox, John. "Inside the Laurel Canyon Houdini Estate".
  2. ^ "Luxury house for rent Los Angeles | Contact Us". June 18, 2011. Archived from the original on June 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Houdini's Homes: Houdini owned homes in New York and California". Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "History of the Houdini Estate, Hollywood Hills".
  5. ^ "Houdini walked in the Garden of Laurel Canyon's Houdini Estate".
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Houdini Estate". The Houdini Estate. Archived from the original on February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Cox, John (March 30, 2012). "Inside the Laurel Canyon Houdini Estate". Wild About Harry. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Cox, John (January 17, 2011). "Discovering 278: the home of Houdini". Wild About Harry. Retrieved January 22, 2017. ... I certainly knew the famous address -- "278" which is how Houdini always referred to his Harlem home.
  9. ^ Cox, John (June 25, 2017). "Inside Houdini's 278". Retrieved January 8, 2018.