April 8, 1988: Under construction at a cost of $12 million, the 56,500-square-foot Spelling mansion takes shape in Holmby Hills. Now officially known as “The Manor,” the home is slightly larger than the White House.
With the headline “The House of Spelling” Los Angeles Times staff writer Jeannine Stein reported:
What’s bigger than a football field, smaller than Hearst Castle, has a bowling alley and an entire floor of closets, and is making some people very annoyed?
Aaron and Candy Spelling’s 56,500-square-foot mansion in Holmby Hills.
The French chateau, under construction now for two years, has turned the corner of Mapleton and Club View drives into a gawker’s paradise. Sprawled across 6 acres on what once was the Bing Crosby estate, the house dwarfs the sizable mansions on the block and looms large over tranquil Holmby Park near Wilshire Boulevard.
Following the death of Aaron Spelling on June 23, 2006, Candy Spelling in 2009 put the Manor up for sale — with an asking price of $150 million.
This image by retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer Rick Meyer was published with the article by Stein excerpted above. Since then, it’s been republished with several L.A. Times articles about the Manor.
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