Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is hosting the 42nd Annual Mad Hatter's Gala at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (formerly the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel). Hotel magnate JohnMcEntee Bowman (1875-1931) created the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels chain that included the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel and the Flintridge Biltmore Hotel, now the location of our very own campus!
The Flintridge Biltmore Hotel / Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy History
The Flintridge Biltmore Hotel was located in La Cañada Flintridge, atop the San Rafael Hills, the site of the present day Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy campus, with some of the historic hotel buildings still in use. Designed by architect Myron Hunt in 1926, in the Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture styles, and commissioned by owner Senator Frank P. Flint. The business failed as the Great Depression continued, and the hotel was closed. At the same time, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose were making plans to build a convent and girls’ school on a tract of land they had purchased in Sierra Madre.
After hearing about the hotel's closure, Archbishop Cantwell, the first archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, contacted the Dominican Sisters and suggested that the abandoned hotel would suit their needs. After careful consideration, the Sisters purchased the entire resort — including the nine original buildings, hotel furnishings and surrounding land — at auction for $150,000. According to legend, on August 15, 1931, three Dominican Sisters traveled up the hill to take possession of their new school, bringing a five-dollar bill, a statue of the Blessed Mother and their faith. The school opened for the first day of classes two weeks later — on September 2, 1931 — with 200 students enrolled in grades 1 through 12.
The Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel / Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles History
The Los Angeles Biltmore is located on Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. When it opened in 1923 it was the largest hotel west of Chicago in the United States. It was designed by the architectural firm of Schultze & Weaver. The Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel was the "nerve center" of the 1960 Democratic National Convention; the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, the TV networks, and the candidates including John F. Kennedy,Lyndon B. Johnson, and Adlai Stevenson. Room 8315 was used by the John Kennedy campaign.
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