For 88 years Yamashiro has watched over the history of Hollywood. It has witnessed the birth of the film industry, the glamour of Hollywood’s “Golden Age”, the difficult times of war with Japan, and the current period of intense interest in Eastern cultures. Yamashiro started as a fabulous private estate and is now open to the public as a unique restaurant and public gardens.
Yamashiro means “Mountain Palace” in Japanese. It was the dream of the Bernheimer brothers in 1911 to build a hilltop mansion 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard to house their priceless collection of Asian treasures. Hundreds of skilled craftsmen were brought from the Orient to recreate an exact replica of a palace located in the “Yamashiro” mountains near Kyoto, Japan. This dream became a reality in 1914.
By Thomas Y. Glover
Someone at HDRlabs.com took a similar shot and I was disappointed they beat me to it. I had already scheduled this shoot and wasn't about to back out. I thought I would do it a little differently so i added a little faux tilt / shift. That's downtown Los Angeles in the upper right..
*Looks so much better at full size. There's really a lot to look at in this one. I'm actually very happy with this one.