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Guide to the Doris Duke Papers on the Falcon Lair Residence, 1937-1999

Abstract

The Falcon Lair residence was purchased by Doris Duke in April, 1953 primarily for use on her occasional visits to California and for use while she was in transit to or from her residence in Honolulu. Compared to her other estates, the residence was not large, however, being located in the hills above Benedict Canyon overlooking Beverly Hills, it served as a retreat from public life. Soon after the home was purchased, Doris Duke hired Tony Duquette to supervise the entire redecoration and remodeling of Falcon Lair. The home was renovated again in the mid-1970s. Miss Duke lived at Falcon Lair until her death in 1993, and in 1998 the property was sold by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The collection is arranged into two series: Administrative Records and Architectural Records. It spans the years 1937 to 1999, beginning with the purchase and interior renovation of the home and ending with maintenance and general upkeep of the home after Doris Duke's death in 1993. The collection primarily documents the expenses and daily operations of renovating, running, and maintaining the Falcon Lair residence, and includes invoices and receipts for services and repairs, correspondence, memoranda, and telegrams relating to routine matters of the residence, expenses, and photo inventories of furniture, fixtures, and other household items. A majority of the architectural records detail alterations and additions to the Falcon Lair residence.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Duke, Doris, 1912-1993
Title
Doris Duke papers on the Falcon Lair residence 1937-1999
Language of Material
English
Extent
4.6 Linear Feet, 3,285 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Doris Duke papers on the Falcon Lair residence (formerly FL.5) are part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives which were donated to the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The collection is arranged into two series: Administrative Records and Architectural Records. It spans the years 1937 to 1999, beginning with the purchase and interior renovation of the home and ending with maintenance and general upkeep of the home after Doris Duke's death in 1993. The collection primarily documents the expenses and daily operations of renovating, running, and maintaining the Falcon Lair residence, and includes invoices and receipts for services and repairs, correspondence, memoranda, and telegrams relating to routine matters of the residence, expenses, and photo inventories of furniture, fixtures, and other household items. A majority of the architectural records detail alterations and additions to the Falcon Lair residence. The materials in this collection are arranged in chronological order and alphabetically there under.

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Contents of the Collection

Topics in this series are widely varied; however they are all related to the Falcon Lair residence. Materials include correspondence and memoranda, estimates and invoices for interior decorating services, renovations and repairs to the home, and inventories of household items (many with color and B&W photographs). A majority of the correspondence is from employees regarding the daily activities of Falcon Lair, including the hiring of temporary help, payment of invoices/bills, wages, repairs and services to house, and other transactions. While much of the correspondence is related to the business side of Falcon Lair, the personal side of life is also reflected as the authors often comment on current events and other activities.

Invoices for purchase of and shipment of tables to Falcon Lair. 1943, 1953, 1955, 1962, 1982
Box 1 Folder 1
Invoices for purchase of lanterns, candlesticks, chandeliers, and lamps with shades. 1943, 1955, 1958, 1960
Box 1 Folder 2
Invoices for purchase of various furniture and household items including but not limited to tables, rugs, paintings, carved doors, tapestries, and antique Roman pottery jars. Includes invoice for purchase of 153 volumes of literature by Emerson, Milton, Hardy, Kipling, Scott, Stevenson, and Tolstoy. These volumes were put up for sale at the Christie's 2004 auction as items #2314–2319. 1943, 1953–1954
Box 1 Folder 3
Inventory, Falcon Lair. Copies, compiled on June 28, 1988. Receipts. 1940s–1970s
Box 1 Folder 4
Invoices and memoranda regarding alterations made to the Falcon Lair Playhouse. Includes contract with J.H. Kuhl & Sons to paint and connect utilities in the Playhouse (1953). Also includes invoices for furnishings purchased by Tony Duquette. 1952–1968
Box 1 Folder 5
Invoice for purchase of an Italian urn with hand carved mouldings. June 16, 1952
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence and maps relating to vacation of portion of Bella Drive, tentative Map No. 19896. Materials between Harvey G. Chapman Land Surveyor, and Doris Duke c/o Johnny Gomez and S. Hawkins, Doris Duke's attorney. Includes report of Survey No. 5310. 1953–1954
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence relating to remodeling, redecorating, and upkeep of Falcon Lair. 1953–1954
Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence and telegrams mainly between Johnny Gomez, S.L. Hawkins, and Agnes Brown regarding the payment of various expenses at Falcon Lair. Includes telegrams sent from Johnny Gomez to S.L. Hawkins requesting money deposits in his bank account. 1953–1960
Box 1 Folder 9
Invoices and memoranda pertaining to repair the roof, main house, and Playhouse at Falcon Lair. Includes invoices for telephone and grocery story accounts as well. 1953, 1966–1968, 1976
Box 1 Folder 10
Invoices for benches and chairs purchased for Falcon Lair. Includes fabric samples. 1953–1955, 1963, 1972
Box 1 Folder 11
Invoices for furniture and services performed at Falcon Lair. Includes some purchases by Doris Duke and Johnny Gomez. 1953-1982
Box 2 Folder 1
Invoices for interior design work performed at Falcon Lair by Edward Tirella and Tony Duquette. Includes purchase of rugs, an antique Tehran and a silk Keshan. 1953, 1964
Box 2 Folder 2
Invoice for Keshaw rug purchased by Johnny Gomez for Falcon Lair. October 26, 1953
Box 2 Folder 3
Invoices for purchase of musical instruments such as three Steinway pianos, an antique bassoon, an Italian lute, a Japanese lute, and stereo equipment. 1953–1955
Box 2 Folder 4
Invoices for restoration work performed on paintings residing at Falcon Lair. Paintings restored include Botticelli, Lucatelli/Benezech, “Campagne de Grece,” and Vernet/le Veau, “Isle de l'Archipel.” Includes invoice for purchase of an evening cape, earrings, Indian Emerald beads, and seed Pearl. 1953, 1955, 1959, 1963–1965, 1984
Box 2 Folder 5
Inventory of materials and objects located at 1436 Bella Dr., Beverly Hills, CA.1953–1965, 1973–1975
Box 2 Folder 6
Invoices to Tony Duquette, decorator supervising remodeling of Falcon Lair, paid by Doris Duke, office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. File includes copy of letter to S.L. Hawkins from Tony Duquette reviewing and confirming his Agreement for employment April 9, 1953. 1953–1954
Box 2 Folder 7
Inventory for items at Falcon Lair such as rugs, carpets, chinoises, and other household items, 1954-1976
Box 2 Folder 8
Inventory of furniture and fixtures at 1436 Bella Dr., Beverly Hills, CA. Includes letter to Johnny Gomez from S.L. Hawkins (February 2, 1954). 1954
Box 2 Folder 9
Invoices for furniture and clothing purchases as well as utility bills. Includes correspondence between Agnes Brown, 30 Rockefeller, N.Y., N.Y., and Lucille Thomas, Falcon Lair, regarding accounts payable for Falcon Lair. Also includes Grant Deed between Russell A. McKinnon and Doris Duke conveying Lot 11 of Tract No. 6774 to Doris Duke (August 4, 1954). 1954, 1961–1965
Box 2 Folder 10
Invoices for plumbing, electrical, and construction repairs performed at Falcon Lair. Includes invoices from architect Y. Tom Makino and invoices paid by the DBO. 1954–1986
Box 2 Folder 11
Invoices for upholstery modification made to chairs, tables, and a bed at Falcon Lair. 1954, 1958, 1963, 1965
Box 2 Folder 12
Invoices for electrical repairs made at Falcon Lair. Includes repairs performed on electrical heaters and musical equipment at Falcon Lair. 1955, 1960, 1964–1967, 1973, 1977
Box 2 Folder 13
Memorandum regarding property tax on the Falcon Lair property. Includes Property Statement Form No. 2 from Los Angeles County, California for the Falcon Lair property. 1955–1956, 1959–1960, 1962
Box 2 Folder 14
Monthly expense accounts for Falcon Lair. 1956–1969
Box 3 Folder 1
Memoranda and estimates from A.A. Hokom Co., plumbing service, for installation of a Steam Room, water softener, and repairs to the sprinkler system at Falcon Lair. Includes a Certificate of Insurance with the American Insurance Company in the name of A.A. Hokom Co. 1961–1963
Box 3 Folder 2
Memoranda and estimates for plumbing repairs made by A.A. Hokom Co. at Falcon Lair. 1962–1963
Box 3 Folder 3
Memoranda and estimates for roof repairs from architect Y. Tom Makino and the Co-Operative Roof Co. 1962, 1966–1967
Box 3 Folder 4
Memoranda, invoices, and receipts for building repairs, various expenses, furnishings, utilities, and vehicles. 1962–1966
Box 3 Folder 5
Memoranda regarding the installation of a sprinkler system at Falcon Lair by A.A. Hokom Company. Includes Certificate of Liability Insurance. 1962–1964
Box 3 Folder 6
Signed Contracts and memoranda between Doris Duke and A.A. Hokom Co. for plumbing repairs made at Falcon Lair. 1962–1966
Box 3 Folder 7
Invoice and letter for sale of 1760 Malcolm Ave., Westwood, California, real property, from Doris Duke to Eleanor and John Barber. March 1963–May 1963
Box 3 Folder 8
Invoices for purchase of curtains and drapes. 1963–1964, 1982, 1985
Box 3 Folder 9
Memoranda regarding the purchase of 1440 Bella Drive, property behind Falcon Lair, from Mrs. G. Buys. Includes memoranda regarding transfer of land of S.L. and J.B. Hawkins to Doris Duke, Policy No. 3816373. Also includes an appraisal by Farrell F. Wallett for 1440 Bella Drive (February 2, 1965). 1964–1965
Box 3 Folder 10
Invoices for fabric purchased to make a comforter and drapes. 1965, 1984
Box 3 Folder 11
Memoranda from architect Y. Tom Makino to Miss Duke regarding equipment, installation, and construction at Falcon Lair. 1965–1977 (1 of 2)
Box 4 Folder 1
Memoranda from architect Y. Tom Makino to Miss Duke regarding equipment, installation, and construction at Falcon Lair. 1965–1977 (2 of 2)
Box 4 Folder 2
Memoranda to Charles Allcock from David Rimmer approving the payment of bills involved in operating Falcon Lair. Such memoranda and invoices pertain to grocery and utility bills as well as clothing and pharmaceutical purchases. 1966–1967
Box 4 Folder 3
Inventory of furniture, fixtures, paintings, and other objects at 1436 Bella Dr., Beverly Hills, CA. 1968–1969
Box 4 Folder 4
Inventory, Falcon Lair, 1968-1969
Box 4 Folder 5
Memorandum and homeowner's property tax exemption form. 1968–1969
Box 4 Folder 6
Memoranda and notices regarding pest control, brush clearance, and accounts payable at Falcon Lair. 1969–1970, 1975–1976, 1986–1987
Box 4 Folder 7
Invoice and voucher for reupholstery of love seats at Falcon Lair by Tony Duquette. 1970
Box 4 Folder 8
Invoices relating to work and purchases at Falcon Lair. 1971
Box 4 Folder 9
Memoranda and notices regarding pest control, brush clearance, and accounts payable at Falcon Lair. Includes offers from realtors to purchase Falcon Lair (not solicited by Doris Duke). 1973–1982
Box 4 Folder 10
Inventory of furniture and fixtures of 1436 Bella Dr., Beverly Hills, CA. 1974
Box 4 Folder 11
Correspondence and memoranda relating to daily operations at Falcon Lair. 1975
Box 4 Folder 12
Memoranda regarding interior design work completed by LADD Interiors. 1976–1977
Box 5 Folder 1
Tax bills for Falcon Lair. 1979, 1981–1984
Box 5 Folder 2
Contracts for pest control at Falcon Lair conducted with the American Termite Control Company. Includes Contracts and proposals for renovations to Falcon Lair to be designed by Makino and Miura Architects. Also includes fabric samples for reupholstery work done at Duke Farms, Shangri La, and Falcon Lair. 1980–1981
Box 5 Folder 3
Inventory cards for fine art and furnishings at Falcon Lair. Most purchases made from Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., N.Y.C., 1980–1982
Box 5 Folder 4
Directions for installing a chandelier from the New York Apartment at Falcon Lair. 1981
Box 5 Folder 5
Memoranda regarding Tony Duquette teaching at UCLA, 1972
Box 5 Folder 6
Shipping receipt for shipment of a tape recorder sent from Duke Farms to Falcon Lair. December 22, 1984
Box 5 Folder 7
Correspondence from local realtor Bob Dalton, interested in purchasing Falcon Lair(land was not for sale). September 18, 1986
Box 5 Folder 8
Sales Agreement and Contract between Doris Duke and Internal Systems for upgrades made to the security system at Falcon Lair. March 1987–April 1987
Box 5 Folder 9
Contract for construction repairs on retaining walls to relieve water pressure at Falcon Lair. Signed by Doris Duke. July 31, 1987 (2 copies)
Box 5 Folder 10
Inventory for items at Falcon Lair located in the Entrance Hall, Living Room, Kitchen Hallway, and Playhouse. 1988–1989
Box 5 Folder 11
Memoranda regarding new zoning laws in California which did not affect the Falcon Lair property. Includes a copy of the “General Plan/Zoning Consistency Program.” 1988
Box 5 Folder 12
Photo inventory of Falcon Crest [Lair] - Playhouse, 1988-1989
Box 5 Folder 13
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Apartment, 1988-1989
Box 6 Folder 1
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Grounds, 1988-1989
Box 6 Folder 2
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Kitchen, 1988-1989 (1 of 3)
Box 6 Folder 3
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Kitchen, 1988-1989 (2 of 3)
Box 6 Folder 4
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Kitchen, 1988-1989 (3 of 3)
Box 6 Folder 5
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Living Room, 1988-1989
Box 6 Folder 6
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Dining Room, 1988-1989
Box 7 Folder 1
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Music Room, 1988-1989 (1 of 2)
Box 7 Folder 2
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Music Room, 1988-1989 (2 of 2)
Box 7 Folder 3
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Hallways, 1988-1989
Box 7 Folder 4
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Miss Duke's Room, 1988-1989 (1 of 2)
Box 7 Folder 5
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Miss Duke's Room, 1988-1989 (2 of 2)
Box 7 Folder 6
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Spanish Room, 1988-1989
Box 8 Folder 1
Reports pertaining to title surveys conducted by Mitchell Surveys and Commonwealth Land Title Company. Includes a Title Insurance Policy issued for the Falcon Lair property issued by the Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. 1989, 1991–1993
Box 8 Folder 2
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Entrance hall, downstairs hall, Miss Duke's bedroom/bathroom, Spanish bedroom, 1989
Box 8 Folder 3
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Kitchen hallway, Kitchen breakfast room, China, Silver, 1989
Box 9 Folder 1
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Playhouse, Apartment, Grounds, 1989
Box 9 Folder 2
Photo inventory of Falcon Lair - Living room, Dining room, Powder room, Music room, 1989
Box 9 Folder 3
Invoice for monthly security patrol of Falcon Lair by Westec Patrol. Includes printed materials about Westec and company stickers to be displayed on the property. 1990, 1992
Box 9 Folder 4
Invoices for veterinary services performed on Falcon Lair dogs, Cain, Raquel, and Webster. 1990–1995
Box 9 Folder 5
Certificates of Insurance for Ann Bostich's dog, Foxy, who resided at Falcon Lair. Includes invoices for veterinary treatment as well. 1991–1999
Box 9 Folder 6
Correspondence with the DBO to purchase Falcon Lair (not solicited by Doris Duke or the DBO). October 14, 1991
Box 9 Folder 7
Faxed materials sent from Carol Sowden to Irwin Bloom regarding the purchase of a Volvo Wagon for Falcon Lair. Includes an advertisement for a 1991 Volvo Wagon. July 15, 1991
Box 9 Folder 8
Invoices for cable and telephone service repair calls made at Falcon Lair. Includes contracts and invoices for roofing repairs. 1991, 1994–1995
Box 9 Folder 9
Invoices for installation of a security system, renovations to the septic system, and accounts payable at Falcon Lair. 1991, 1995
Box 9 Folder 10
Invoices for the purchase of appliances at Falcon Lair. 1991–1994
Box 9 Folder 11
Certificates for Ann Bostich's dog, Robert, who resided at Falcon Lair. Includes invoices for veterinary treatment as well. 1992–1995
Box 9 Folder 12
Inventory of linens, vehicles, appliances, and equipment at Falcon Lair. 1992
Box 9 Folder 13
Invoices for veterinary services performed on Falcon Lair dogs. 1992–1996
Box 9 Folder 14
Memoranda and weekly reports from DBO and Duke Farms staff to Miss Duke and Bernard Lafferty while they resided at Falcon Lair and Shangri La. This file was returned from Falcon Lair at the time of Miss Duke's death. 1992–1993 (1 of 2)
Box 9 Folder 15
Memoranda and weekly reports from DBO and Duke Farms staff to Miss Duke and Bernard Lafferty while they resided at Falcon Lair and Shangri La. This file was returned from Falcon Lair at the time of Miss Duke's death. 1992–1993 (2 of 2)
Box 10 Folder 1
Inventory of rugs, chairs, sofas, and curtains at Falcon Lair (1997). Includes photos and fabric samples used for reupholstered furniture. 1993–1995, 1997
Box 10 Folder 2
Invoices and credit card receipts for a mattress and bedding at Falcon Lair. April 1993–June 1993
Box 10 Folder 3
Contracts and proposals for Chimney, Patio Bedroom, Bathroom, and Guest House renovations at Falcon Lair. Includes Estate of Doris Duke request forms to pay for each project. 1994
Box 10 Folder 4
Invoices for electrical and lighting repairs as well as pest extermination at Falcon Lair. 1994–1995
Box 10 Folder 5
Invoices for installation of a security system at Falcon Lair. Includes printed materials for the security company, Bel-Air Patrol. 1994–1995
Box 10 Folder 6
Memoranda from the DBO to Falcon Lair Estate Managers Nuku Makasiale and Robert Toretta. 1994–1995
Box 10 Folder 7
Memoranda regarding vacation and hiring policies at Duke Farms. Includes memorandum from Bernard Lafferty directing all DDCF managers not to speak with former employees Ann Bostich, Mariano De Valasco, or Colin Shanley. 1994
Box 10 Folder 8
Proposals for repairs made to the septic system and Roof at Falcon Lair. Includes approval for these and other renovations made at Falcon Lair by structural engineer Herman Goodman. 1994–1995
Box 10 Folder 9
Purchase orders for repairs made to a clogged kitchen sink and the replacement of a hot water heater. Includes a Service Agreement for Bernard Lafferty's cell phone. 1994
Box 10 Folder 10
Invoices and memoranda for veterinary services performed on the Falcon Lair dogs. 1995–1996
Box 10 Folder 11
Invoices for vaccinations, medical treatment, and general care for the Falcon Lair dogs and cats. Includes a training brochure for German shepherds. 1995
Box 10 Folder 12
Memoranda and proposals regarding hillside soil remediation at Falcon Lair. 1995, 1997
Box 10 Folder 13
Memoranda and related materials concerning activities at Falcon Lair and the shipments of goods and animals between DF and FL. 1995–1997
Box 10 Folder 14
Memoranda regarding shipment of cats, Simon and Maxwell, back to Falcon Lair from Duke Farms. Includes Vaccination Certificates for the cats. 1995
Box 10 Folder 15
Copy of notebook listing service repairs needing to be made at Falcon Lair. Includes phone messages. May be Robert Toretta's notebook. c. 1995
Box 10 Folder 16
Memoranda from the DBO to Falcon Lair Estate Managers Nuku Makasiale and Robert Toretta. 1996
Box 10 Folder 17
Falcon Lair stationary. c. 1997
Box 10 Folder 18
Memoranda regarding Falcon Lair after it was sold by the Foundation. 1997, 1999
Box 10 Folder 19
Memoranda regarding sale of Falcon Lair. Includes a list of potential buyers who viewed the estate. 1997–1998 [Restricted]
Box 10 Folder 20
Invoices and memoranda regarding the installation of a new electric water heater at Falcon Lair. 1998
Box 10 Folder 21
Invoices and memoranda concerning Falcon Lair taxes which were assessed after Falcon Lair had already been sold. Includes copies of the Executor's Deed and the Grant Deed for Falcon Lair. 1999
Box 10 Folder 22
California inventory, invoices (photo copies), 1953-1953
Box 11 Folder 1
Correspondence and related materials regaring alterations made at Falcon Lair, 1953-1958
Box 11 Folder 2
California inventory, includes photographs, 1953-1959, 1970-1979
Box 11 Folder 3
Correspondence regarding work to be performed at Falcon Lair, 1967 Apr 28
Box 11 Folder 4
California residence - old security informatio, 1984
Box 11 Folder 5
Preliminary findings and recommendations from inspection performed at Falcon Lair, 1987
Box 11 Folder 6
California residence correspondence, 1991-1996 (1 of 2)
Box 11 Folder 7
Proposal and contract for repair work at Falcon Lair to be performed by Powell Electric, 1994-1996
Box 11 Folder 8
Invoices for work performed on the Cadillacs at Falcon Lair, 1995-1996
Box 11 Folder 9
Purchase order, work project request form for work to be performed at Falcon Lair, 1996
Box 11 Folder 10
Nightly "check list" and supplementary instructions for occupants of the Falcon Lair Estate, undated
Box 11 Folder 11
Specifications to be used in the erection of Residence Alteration to be built for Mr. S.L. Hawkins by Caspar Ehmcke, 193 Aug 24
Box 11 Folder 12
Correspondence regarding automobile insurance for two cars at Falcon Lair, 1968-1972
Box 12 Folder 1

Architectural Records, 1937-1994

(Approximately 40 items)

Includes blueprints, diazo prints, and positive photostats. The records include renovations and alterations to both the interior and exterior of the residence, surveys of the two lots owned by Doris Duke, and a cadastral map of Los Angeles County.

Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins - Second Floor Plan (Street Floor). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6; revised 1953 Aug 24. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins , Plot Plan (1 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, 2nd Floor, Plan Schedules (2 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, First Floor Plan & Details (3 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, South & East Elevations, Porch (4 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, Interiors Elevations (5 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, Cabinets, Interiors (6 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, Bedroom Floor Plan (7 of 11), Measured Drawing. Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, Street Floor Plan, Measured Drawing of Existing Conditions (8 of 11), Measured Drawing. Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, Playhouse, Revised 1st & 2nd Floor Plan (9 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, Playhouse (10 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residence Alteration for Mr. S.J. Hawkins, Playhouse, Existing 1st & 2nd Floor Plan (11 of 11). Caspar Ehmcke. 1953 May 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Chimney Repair, Upper Floor Plan, Lower Floor Plan. California Design Collaborative. 1994 Jul 22. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residential Masonry Chimney (A-K). California Design Collaborative. 1994 Jul 22. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Residential Masonry Chimney (X, Y, Z). California Design Collaborative. 1994 Jul 22. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Music Room B.H. Undated. Positive Photostat.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Site Plan, Fire Storage Room. F.E. MacDonald, Jr., engineer. 1961 Dec 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Lower Level Plan & Section, Fire Storage Room. F.E. MacDonald, Jr., engineer. 1961 Dec 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Sprinkler System - Miss Doris Duke Residence. A.A. Hokom Company. [circa 1962]. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Sketch to Accompany Legal Description. Seaboard Engineering Company. 1953 Mar 25. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Lot 11, of Tract 6774. Undated. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Cadastral Map No. 145 B 153, Los Angeles County, Calif. Alfred Jones. 1937 Jul 1. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F7
Report of Survey No. 5310 of Portions of Lots 10, 11 & 16, Tract No. 6774, M.B. 70-44/47 in the City of Los Angeles, Doris Duke, Owner. Harvey G. Chapman. 1953 Nov 10. Positive Photostat.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F8
Report of Survey No. 4978 of Portion of Lot 11 Tract No. 6774 M.B. 70-44/47 for Gypsy Buys, Owner. Harvey G. Chapman. 1951 Nov 6. Diazo; Positive Photostat.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F8
Report of Survey No. 4982, Topography of Parcel 3 a Portion of Lot 11, Tract No. 6774, M.B. 70-44/47 for Russell A. McKinnon, Owner. Harvey G. Chapman. 1951 Nov 17. Diazo; Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F8
Report of Survey No. 5297 of a Portion of Lot 11, Tract No. 6774, M.B. 70-44/47 and a Portion of Sections 10 & 11, T.IS., R. 15W., S. B. B. & M., Doris Duke, Owner. Harvey G. Chapman. 1953 Nov 13. Diazo; Positive Photostat.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F8
Doris Duke Beverly Hills. Eckbo Roysion & Williams. Undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Main Floor Plan, 1436 Bella Drive. Y. Tom Makino, architect. 1968 Feb 4. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Master Bedroom Floor Plan. Makino & Miura, architects. 1975 Nov 17. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Floor Plan for Miss Doris Duke, 1436 Bella Drive. A.A. Hokom Co. 1963 Feb 20. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Sketch Proposed Steam Bath over New Tub for Miss Doris Duke, 1436 Bella Drive. A.A. Hokom Co. 1963 Feb 20. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Sketch Proposed Lavatory & Cabinet for Miss Doris Duke, 1436 Bella Drive. A.A. Hokom Co. 1963 Feb 20. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Site Plan, Storage, Basement, Survival Shelter (4 sheets). F.E. MacDonald, Jr., civil engineer. 1961 Sep 6. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Easement Required for Water & Power Facilities over Proportion of Bella Drive Proposed to be Vacated. Department of Water & Power. 1954 Apr 1. Diazo with pencil.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
[Survey Tract No. 6774]. Undated. Diazo with marker.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Record of Survey of Lot II of Tract No. 6774. City of Los Angeles. 1993 Sep 9. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Garage Door for Playhouse, Hawkins Residence. Caspar Ehmcke, architect. 1953 Jul 31. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder FL1
Rough layout sketch for Parcel 5, Portion Lot 10-Tract 6774. Merle A. Roussellot. 1965 Jun 3. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder FL2
[Sprinkler System, Electricity, Plumbing, Alarms for Falcon Lair]. Undated. Photocopy with marker.
Ovsz. Folder FL2
V.T.T. (Vesting Tentative Track) 51825 Bella and Ciello Drives Preliminary Landscape Plan. Spindler Engineers. 1993 Dec. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder FL2

Historical Note

The Falcon Lair residence was purchased by Doris Duke in April, 1953 primarily for use on her occasional visits to California and for use while she was in transit to or from her residence in Honolulu. Compared to her other estates, the residence was not large, however, being located in the hills above Benedict Canyon overlooking Beverly Hills, it served as a retreat from public life. Soon after the home was purchased, Doris Duke hired Tony Duquette to supervise the entire redecoration and remodeling of Falcon Lair. The home was renovated again in the mid-1970s. Miss Duke lived at Falcon Lair until her death in 1993, and in 1998 the property was sold by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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  • Duke Family New York Apartments Collection, 1908-1997 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Doris Duke Papers on the Shangri La Residence, 1932-2003 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Doris Duke Papers on the Rough Point Residence, 1922-1997 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Doris Duke Papers on the Falcon Lair Residence, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Doris Duke Papers on the Falcon Lair Residence were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a donation from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in June 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Samouelian, October 2010

Encoded by Mary Samouelian, October 2010

Accession UA2009-0030 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.