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Hancock Memorial Museum at USC

Map & Directions 850 W. 37th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089


LA Weekly's Description

Built in 1909, this seeming life-size bell jar on the University of Southern California campus features Edwardian architecture, marble, stained glass and ornate tchotchkes. It’s comprised of four rooms, which you have to make an appointment to see, and which you will then be guided through by a hugely knowledgeable curator. There’s a haunted air to the surroundings, and the whole experience is delightfully odd.

Merchant's Description

Located in the south-east wing of the Allan Hancock Foundation Building, the Hancock Memorial Museum is comprised of the four public rooms from the original Hancock mansion. Built in 1909 at the northeast corner of Vermont Avenue and Wilshire boulevard, where it stood for 30 years, the mansion was designed by John C. W. Austin, in part in classical Palladian style after the famed Villa de Medici in Florence, Italy.

In 1939, the Reception Hall, Dining Room, Library and the beautifully appointed Music Salon were carefully dismantled and installed on the University campus as a memorial to Captain Allan Hancock's dearly beloved mother, Ida Haraszthy Hancock Ross.

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