The Anthony House (a.k.a. Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery/Timothy Manning House of Prayer for Priests

November 28, 2008
Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery/Timothy Manning House of prayers for Priests

The Anthony House (a.k.a. Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery/Timothy Manning House of Prayer for Priest

Originally built as the family home for Earl Anthony, the complex of buildings on Waverly Avenue, near Griffith Park Blvd. now serves as a monastery.

Earl Anthony once had the sole dealership rights for the Packard automobile for the entire state of California. He had showrooms in Downtown Los Angeles and the San Francisco area. He also was the man who brought the first neon sign to America from France, having it manufactured there. Guess what it said? PACKARD!

Anthony lived in a Craftsman style house in Beverly Hills before moving to Los Feliz. The house in Beverly Hills was designed by prominent early 20th century architects and brothers Greene & Greene of Gamble House fame. When one of the Greene brothers decided to buy a Hudson automobile instead of a Packard, Anthony terminated his relationship with the brothers and hired important San Francisco architect Bernard Maybeck. Maybeck is best known for his design of the Palace of Fine Arts in the city by the bay and many other homes and institutions there.

Maybeck had designed automobile showrooms for Anthony so he seemed like the logical choice to design a new house. Anthony wanted an Italian Villa style home, but his wife wanted a French Chateau. Maybeck combined elements of each style as well as adding some Spanish Mediterranean flourishes and the clients were happy with the house. Anthony was a demanding man and very much involved with the design of the house. Due to his constant changes the final cost was $500,000. In 1928 when the house was finished that was a large fortune!

The house was subsequently owned by Sir Daniel Donohue and his wife and at that time was called Villa San Giuseppe. Donohue was deeply involved with the Catholic church and grand functions were held there. An Aeolian organ, one of only three in Los Angeles at the time was the standard musical accompaniment for these functions. In the 60s the house was donated to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and now sits among peaceful gardens as a private home for nuns and priests. It is used as a Retreat House and is open 7 days a week. For more info & photos go to http://www.sistersihmla.com.

Karen Numme, holds the title of Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Los Feliz. http://www.karennumme.com

Laura Massino Smith holds a Master of Architectural History degree, is an Architectural Historian and author of a series of guidebooks of Los Angeles architecture. She is also the director of Architecture Tours L.A. http://www.architecturetoursla.com



  1. Engaging post.. I will definitely come back again soon=D

  2. Dear,
    May I bring a visiting priest from China to visit the House of Prayers for Priests for 10 minutes quietly on 6/3 Wednesday? If yes, how can I do so? Thx for the info.

  3. thanks were a beverly hills real estate blog that caters to blog readers in cheviot hills and beverly hills. So thanks and well pass on out our senior club too, to read your blog

  4. I wasn’t able to access the Sisters web site. Do you know an updated e-mail or web site? Do you know if there are ever tours of the site and grounds?

    • Hi,
      I believe they have tours but will check if they are still doing them.
      Thanks for the comment.

  5. Please call the Sr. Catherine Rose at the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart Retreat House at (323) 664-3357.

    Access is by appointment Only.

  6. Thank you Sr.Catherine Rose for replying to the comment from Linda Smith. I hope you have been getting requests for tours referred from my blog.

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