The Mystery of the Houdini Estate Revealed

The Mystery of the Houdini Estate Revealed

The moniker “Houdini Estate” probably brings to mind the only Houdini anyone knows, the most famous illusionist of all time Harry Houdini!  So was this estate, now host to beautiful weddings and events, really the home of the one and only Houdini? The short answer is no.

While Houdini was friends with the original owner of the estate, he never owned or lived on the main property.  It’s a bummer I know. So, why is the wedding venue called the Houdini Estate anyway? Let’s dive into the history of this historically significant Hollywood Hills estate to find out why.

So here’s the truth, Harry Houdini was friends with the owner of the original property Ralf M. Walker.  During the year 1919, Houdini was in Los Angeles to film two feature films and rented a room in the guesthouse of Mr. Walker.  The guest house, coined the “The Houdini House” by Mr. Walker, was across the street (Laurel Canyon Blvd) from the main estate.

After Harry Houdini’s death, his widow Bessie moved back to the “Houdini House” where she felt closest to the memory of her late husband.  In the summer of 1935, Mrs. Houdini held an extravagant cocktail party for over 500 magicians and their wives in the gardens of Mr. Walker’s main estate.  The party became the talk of the town. To sensationalize the story, the press dubbed Walker’s mansion the “Houdini House.” The misrepresentation carries on to this day.

The original Walker mansion unfortunately burned down in the tragic Laurel Canyon fire of 1959.  What is now called the Houdini Estate is a modern restoration of the original Mediterrian style villa.  The $12 million property has the capacity for a thousand guests across its beautiful gardens. I’m not going to lie, a thousand wedding guests seems like a nightmare haha!  But for those of you with a rolodex worth of family and friends, this is the perfect venue for you.

For more information on booking the Houdini Estate, check out their website!  For more information on the Veil Of Grace Bridal Beauty Team, including service pricing and wedding date availability, please fill out our contact form by clicking the “Book Your Wedding” button below.  We look forward to being an important part of your special day!



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Bridal Airbrush Makeup & Hair: Samantha | Bridal Party Makeup: Sarah

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Photography: The Komans | Venue: The Houdini Estate, Los Angeles, CA

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