The Italian Renaissance villa has a story of its own
Housed in what was originally an Italian Renaissance mansion, this villa has a story and history of its own.
Filled with beautiful art and architecture, the physical beauty reflects a bit of the majesty of the soul. Though this is not our main purpose, our docents will happily share the beauty and story of the "Guasti Villa," offering tours of the main floor and grounds.
The Guasti Villa Story
The mansion was built between 1910-1914 by Secundo Guasti, an Italian who owned the world's largest winery at the time. Homesick, he wanted to create a grand Italian Villa. Patrons of the arts, he and his wife imported art and artisans from Europe to complete the mansion.
In 1937 famed Hollywood Director and Choreographer, Busby Berkeley, bought the Villa, adding additional glamour to the property's history.
It became a retirement home for physicians in the 1950s, who added the residential wings onto the building.
It was acquired by the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) in 1974 to use for their headquarters and learning center. At that time the building and property had become quite run down. Over the years, MSIA cultivated the property with the help of many volunteers. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, MSIA professionally retrofitted and restored the property and in 2002 added the labyrinth and gardens and Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens (PAL&G) was formed and opened to the public.
In 1990, the building was declared a Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument.
It was featured in Untold LA, a new book for iPad and Mac on the astonishing historic homes of the Los Angeles West Adams District.
Tour the Villa
Volunteer Docents, available during open hours, will show you around and bring to life the rich history of the Guasti Villa.