Mansion on The Hill Hosts Eagle Rock Gala (Photos)

Eagle Rock wraps up its centennial celebrations with a gala dinner hosted at the historic Chateau Emanuel.

It’s not every day that members of the public get to visit Chateau Emanuel, one of Eagle Rock’s—indeed L.A.’s—most distinguished and elaborately landscaped mansions. And they certainly don’t have the liberty to tour the three-acre property on Hill Drive—and then sit down to a poolside dinner under heat lamps while a jazz band reminds them that there’s so much in Eagle Rock that will ever remain unexplored.

Such was the night of Saturday, November 19, marking the official end of Eagle Rock’s centennial celebrations. Upward of 150 guests gathered for the much-anticipated centennial gala at the “mansion on the hill,” as the Chateau Emanuel is popularly known, and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the manor’s owner, Robert Kvassay, and his family.

Even the gods smiled on this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. There was no rain—not a drop—and the weather wasn’t as chilly as it might have been. The Kvassays threw open their Tudor-style home for a self-guided tour, which just about everybody took advantage of.

The evening would not have been possible without the tireless volunteering efforts of many Eagle Rockers, particularly Gala chairperson Kaye Beckham, former chairperson of the centennial’s steering committee Valerie Dawson, artist Lina Johnstone Allen, Roe Munzingo, George Kosth, David Dickinson and Sally Peterson.

We hope you enjoy these images from last night—especially if you missed the gala. And if you see yourself—or someone you know in the photos—tell us what the occasion meant to you and what you especially liked about it.

Mark November 20, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Perhaps it is just me, but there is something slightly off about celebrating a neighborhood's Centennial in the current economy with a black tie gathering of elites. Mr. Singh notes that only 150+ of the 300 tickets were sold. That is roughly .004 per cent of the total population (35,000) of Eagle Rock. Oh well, let the hoi polloi eat cake (Auntie Em's red velvet). Occupy Chateau Emanuel?
Linda Johnstone Allen November 21, 2011 at 08:57 AM
Well, I couldn't disagree with "Mr. Mark" more. Having volunteered to work on this event, plus other Centennial events, it was not agathering of "elites' & "hoi polloi".....but a warm crowd of many folks who have lived in this community a long time - new and old friends, who wanted to have one special event that celebrated, not a unique town & beloved historical venue. The Kavassay family couldn't be more warm, "real" & sharing folks, investing alot of sweat & effort to maintain a home unique & wonderful. Robert amongst other things, donated a telescope he built himself, to Mt. Wilson for students to learn astronomy. We have had many events this yer not involving money, a parade, 4th of July Fireworks, concerts in the park, an opening of the Centennial at the Art Center, history talks by our esteemed Historical society, & much more. Many people coming to the Gala were not "rich"....my myself included, but saved up $ to come, because we knew it would be a night of wonderful friends & remembrance....& put in a great deal of "sweat equity" to make it happen. Don't automatically assume this is some underhanded assault on the poor. By the way.....we didn't have 300 as the team started late with the event....and just didn't have more time to sell more tickets. There were alot of folks who were disappointed they couldn't get tckets as we had a cut-off date for the caterer.
Linda Johnstone Allen November 21, 2011 at 09:01 AM
Correction in my comment: 4th line "not ONLY a unique town & beloved historical venue."
Sarah Bucolic November 21, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Was this advertised well in selling tickets? I only heard about the gala from word of mouth and was given the feeling it was "invitation only" and not open to all, so I did not spread the word since I did not know anyone could buy a ticket. I'm sure the people who threw it are lovely people but whoever did the marketing/PR for the gala did not do a good job.
Ajay Singh November 22, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Sarah: There was a huge ad outside Eagle Rock Plaza, facing Colorado Boulevard, as well as an ad on Eagle Rock Patch. Maybe Linda Allen can tell us more in her capacity as one of the gala's major volunteers.


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