The Ebell of Los Angeles will open its doors to the public at a “Champagne Open House” on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The building is a national, state and city landmark, and was designated as an Official American Treasure. Guests will toast the Ebell’s mission as it celebrates 123 years as a club for women, and 90 years on Wilshire Boulevard.
Visitors can view rooms where scenes from “La La Land,” “Forrest Gump,” “Mad Men,” “Gilmore Girls” and “American Idol” were filmed, and walk the courtyard garden, which is a setting for weddings, bar mitzvahs and special events. The tour includes the Wilshire Ebell Theatre – one of Los Angeles’ only Broadway-style theaters – which has a 1,270 seating capacity. Vintage fashions and artwork by Ebell members will also be on display.
“Our membership is our most precious asset – members learning from each other, enjoying each other’s company and working together for our philanthropies, programs and projects,” said Ebell of Los Angeles president Loyce Braun. “We are excited to welcome visitors and encourage open house guests to explore this beautiful building and become part of our community and legacy.”
The Ebell is dedicated to service, philanthropy and education. The club supports 10 charities serving women and children, and awards nearly 80 college scholarships annually. Attendees will learn about the club’s committees and ways to get involved.
The Ebell’s programming features speakers in the civic and cultural fields. The club’s founding by women in 1894 was inspired by Dr. Adrian Ebell, a professor from Yale, who believed in higher education for women.
The Ebell of Los Angeles is located at 4400 Wilshire Blvd. at the corner of Wilshire and Lucerne boulevards. To RSVP, call (323)931-1277 ext. 131, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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