When I was but a boy, I wanted to be a history teacher. Then I learned how to spell anesthesiologist and wanted to be an anesthesiologist. Then I found out that becoming an anesthesiologist would require college, medical school, and an internship. By the time I was 30, I might be an anesthesiologist. For a boy of 11, 30 was way too old. I was back to wanting to be a history teacher. Never made it, but I still love history.
So when I went to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, I fell in love with the Queen Anne Cottage. Many people will know it when they see it because of its use in many television shows and the movies.
The Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is a California Historical Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as an example of Queen Anne Style architecture.
It was built in 1885-1886 for Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett, daughter of Albert Bennett, the Cottage’s architect. When Baldwin died in 1909, his daughter Anita closed the Cottage and disposed of its furnishings. Many architectural elements, such as stained glass windows, black walnut doors, and marble fireplace mantels were stored in the coach barn.
The cottage and coach barn were restored from 1951 to 1953. Isn’t that a beautiful barn?
The Cottage has been used for many television shows and films. Arguably the most famous use was for the opening of “Fantasy Island” where Tattoo can be seen ringing the bell in the cottage’s tower and Mr. Roarke is seen exiting from the cottage. The cottage is also prominent in “Murder, She Wrote” and “Roots: The Next Generation.”
Outside of the Queen Anne Cottage, the Arboretum has played host to several “Tarzan” movies, two “Jurassic Park” movies, “Objective, Burma!”, and “The New Original Wonder Woman, ” and I’m only listing the movies I know!
Music videos have also been filmed here, including Katy Perry’s music video for “Roar.”
The arboretum is reported to be haunted, particularly the Queen Anne Cottage. Sightings have been reported of Lucky Baldwin’s ghost, one of his wives’ ghost, and strange anomalies walking the gardens at night.
Following is a selection of pictures from the Arboretum & Botanical Garden. For more pictures, see my previous posts:
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