Thursday, August 16, 2007

Pools and PickFair

Are pools a part of Los Angeles History? The LA Times has a Swimming Pools Timeline in their Home section, starting out with the year 1920, when:

"Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford add one of the country's largest pools -- 55 feet wide, 100 feet long, with a sandy beach -- to their Beverly Hills property, Pickfair."

Celebrities Jerry Buss then Pia Zadora owned PickFair after Mary Pickford died in 1979.

During Zadora's residency in the early 1990s, PickFair was pretty much demolished. The pool was one of the structurally-sound items that did not have to be changed. Before selling PickFair, Zadora converted the pool from chlorine to saline.

Unicom Group, the new owner of PickFair, maintains a website featuring the property, with history and pictures like the one above.

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