The large gray mansion with steeply-pitched roofs that crowns a Silver Lake hilltop is now best known as the home of American Apparel founder Dov Charney, who has attracted notoriety for hosting employee meetings in his bedroom. But decades before Charney moved, the nearly 12,000-square foot home served as the home for the family of industrialist Frank Garbutt, who built the house in the late 1920s. In 1981, the home was restored and was declared a national historic monument as the hilltop around it was developed for a gated community called Hathaway Hill Estates. Unless you get an invite from Dov Charney, there’s no way you can even get past the Hathaway Hills guard house to enjoy the 360-degree views from the Garbutt mansion, which now sits amid 1980s tract houses. But, the video above allow you to tour the Charney-Garbutt estate after it was renovated 30 years ago. The bottom video shows the house under renovation – check out the tiled kitchen, painted elevator doors and what seems like a bidet in every bathroom. Want more Garbutt? There’s even a pre-renovation video.
The videos accompanied a story in Echo Park Patch that notes the house remains closed to the public despite its landmark status. If only Dov would let us in for a quick peek.