Established in 1916 by the collaborative efforts of Beverly Hills society women, the Beverly Hills Women’s Club was built on the vision to explore intellectual ideas, literature, the arts, and philanthropic efforts. It was conceived in the spirit of Americanism at the height of World War I. From its inception, the BHWC has thrived as a vibrant entity offering programs that enrich both its members and society at large. The Beverly Hills Women’s Club is a Landmark building listed on the National and California Registry of Historic Places. Here are just a few of many interesting historical facts about BHWC:
It was the Historic Site of the battle between Indians and early California settlers. The Indian remains found on the property are commemorated by a historic marker on the front lawn.
The Spanish Colonial Clubhouse was designed by noted architects Gable & Wyant and was erected in 1925. It is significant as an example of early California architecture.
Mrs. Burton Greene, whose husband established Beverly Hills as a residential community, was a Founding Member. Mr. & Mrs. Will Rogers and Mary Pickford were among the early contributors to the BHWC.
The famous Beverly Hills Electric Fountain (Santa Monica Blvd. at Wilshire Blvd.) was a gift by the BHWC to the City of Beverly Hills in 1930.
The BHWC has been the site of exhibitions including El Greco, Saint Francis of Assisi, 1580 which was exhibited in 1930.
Noted lecturers and guests of the BHWC include Amelia Earhart, (lecture presented in 1935), Gloria Swanson (master of ceremonies of the 1st flower show in Beverly Hills in 1937), Norma Shearer (Mrs. Irving Thalberg, member and Oscar award winner) and Will Rogers’ Horse Shows.
Early Philanthropic Enterprises: Los Angeles children’s orphanage, American Red Cross (partial list).
Present Philanthropic Functions: The BHWC provides a venue and raises funds for charitable organizations, and offers educational and cultural events and lectures to the greater community. Most recently the BHWC hosted an event featuring Vatican Art which was attended by Governor Gray Davis and his wife, Sharon.
BHWC is currently working to restore and preserve club archives which contain precious memorabilia, photographs, and invaluable news clippings that represent the rich history of Beverly Hills. BHWC welcomes any and all donations which are vital to our conservation efforts.