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LAistory: Pickfair

Pickfair in its glory days.
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As any fan of LAistory knows, Los Angeles is a city of vanished places. We tear free of the past, and generally, whatever comes next, is not as fabulous or interesting as what was there before. The same holds true for the property called Pickfair.Superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks purchased the property at 1143 Summit Drive, in the San Ysidro Canyon in 1919. It was fifteen acres with a small hunting shack. Wallace Neff designed the vast 22 room mansion that they craved, a big house with a copper roof, multiple green gables, craftsman touches, and acres of formal gardens, and one of the first swimming pools in the Los Angeles area.