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The Mount Washington Hotel

At the southern crest of Mount Washington, overlooking downtown Los Angeles, stands an impressive three-story Mission Revival structure which now serves as the International Headquarters of Self-Realization Fellowship.Originally constructed in 1910 as the Mount Washington Hotel, it was intended as the centerpiece for an exclusive residential subdivision promoted by real estate developer, Robert Marsh.The hotel was served by a cable railway and featured a tennis court and terraces with panoramic views. For a time it was a highly popular spot, frequented by local sportsmen and silent film stars, such as Charlie Chaplin.
But its popularity proved short, as the film studios moved out of Sycamore Grove Park on their way to Hollywood. By the time Paramahansa Yogananda happened upon the site in 1925, the building stood vacant. Hailed as the "father of yoga in the West," and widely regarded as a seminal religious figure of the twentieth century, Yogananda was on a cross-country speaking tour at the time, but it is said that when he saw the building, he immediately recognized it from a vision he had had years before in Kashmir. He decided to buy it as his residence and headquarters.Over the decades, Yogananda taught hundreds of thousands ... more

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