Jackson Browne shares stories about his Highland Park family home during a stop in the dungeon. /Photo by Martha Benedict
From a bell tower and chapel to a pipe organ and a dungeon-like basement, the nearly century old Abbey San Encino, a Highland Park landmark clad in Arroyo Stone, is filled with surprises. But, for a group of visitors touring the home today, the Abbey San Encino’s architectural and historic treasures were upstaged by an unexpected tour guide: rock legend Jackson Browne, who grew up in the home built by his grandfather. Browne stopped by to visit his brother, Severin Browne, at the family homestead while it was open for tours and a fundraiser for the Highland Park Heritage Trust. Martha Benedict, who was on the grounds to photograph the event, described how some tour goers ended up with a celebrity docent accompanying them into the stone and brick basement dubbed the “dungeon”:
He fell into the tour in the chapel area where Severin was already helping the docent with details. He just followed us down to the dungeon, which was the end of tour. He was telling family stories and things he knew about the construction.
What exactly happened in that dungeon? Maybe Jackson Browne will drop by the next tour share the details.