Lost Landmarks

We Shall Never Know: Murder, Money and the Enduring Mystery of Greystone Mansion

Now a public park, the stone-faced Tudor mansion is a palace of dreams and illusions that was once the site of a double murder involving one of the city's most prominent families.

About the Author

Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

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The Palomino Club: North Hollywood's Grand Ole Opry West

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The Gas House: Beatniks vs. Neatniks and the Battle for Venice Beach's Soul

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Holy Cross Cemetery: A Catholic Oasis with a Macabre Twist

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Behind the Sign: The Lost Meanings of the Original Hollywood Sign

Behind the Sign: The Lost Meanings of the Original Hollywood Sign

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Valhalla Memorial Park and Portal of the Folded Wings: The Criminal Beginnings of a Burbank Burial Ground

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