The Guasti Villa


In 1910 Mr. Gausti an Italian immigrant who helped develop one of the first California vineyards into one of  the world’s largest, commissioned Hudson and Munsell to design this Adams Blvd. mansion in the Beauz Arts/Italian style.

The impressive home features most of the original lighting fixtures, doors and moulding, rare bronze stair-rails, a hydrolic elevator, solarium, servants quarters, carriage house, and porte de coucher, Marble, imported from Italy came along with some artisans who were responsible for the carved wood paneling  and handpainted murals adorning the ceilings, illustrated with cherubs holding grapes and other heavenly images.   The bedroom of Guasti’s only surviving child reflects the boy’s muscular dystrophy in a then-state-of-the-art therapeutic shower.  

In 1937 Busby Berkely bought the home,
turning the basement wine cellar into a film editing studio among other refinements. 

Then in 1944 the Los Angeles Physicians Aid Association, acquired the property as a retirement home, adding two wings.  

The current owners, the Movement of Spiritual and Inspirational Awareness (MSIA) purchased it in 1974 and engaged in a faithful  and loving restoration after much damage caused by the 1994 earthquake. 

While the home originally looked out onto rolling greens with citrus and avocado trees, it was the MSIA who developed the property into breathtaking landscaped fountains, a meditation garden and labyrinth based on the one at Chartres.  Now the MSIA uses the home as the movement’s world headquarters but it mainly serves as a backdrop for special seminars, retreats, classes and visitors revolving around the beautiful grounds, labyrinth, and view.

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3500 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018








































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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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