Throwback Thursday: Yamashiro's Miniature Village


In celebration of Throwback Thursday, we are sharing a piece of Yamashiro's history. Pictured above is a photograph of the miniature village which once sat upon the grounds of Yamashiro.

In 1914, the Bernheimer Brothers built a mansion in the Hollywood hills and named it "Yamashiro," which means "Mountain Palace" in Japanese. The brothers were large importers of Oriental art, hence the great Pagoda, and this amazingly tiny village featuring small houseboats floating through a maze of little canals.

Unfortunately, around World War II the grounds went through much turnover and lost much of the Japanese ornamentation in the process, including the miniature village. Luckily, we at least have these photographs to give us a glimpse of what it must have been like.