In January 2013, the Beverly Hills City Council designated Virginia Robinson Gardens as Beverly Hills Local Landmark No. 2. (The Beverly Hills Hotel is Beverly Hills Local Landmark No. 1.)
“This is one of the most unique properties in our city,” said Noah Furie, Chairperson of the Cultural Heritage Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, California. “With all its different types of gardens, its owners being the founders of one of Los Angeles’ most important department store chains, and their many contributions to the immediate and greater community, it checked off multiple criteria in our ordinance.”
As LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said on his blog on February 7, 2013: “Virginia Robinson put Beverly Hills on the map as an enclave of the rich and famous. Now, more than a century later, Beverly Hills has returned the favor to its storied grand dame.”
The Commission commended to the Council:
- “The Robinson Estate and Garden is eligible … as it was the first grand estate with gardens built in Beverly Hills.”
- ”This property… is directly associated with the life of Mrs. Robinson, a Significant Person important to the local history of Beverly Hills.”
- “The property also… incorporates architectural features and landscape elements that embody and reflect distinctive design characteristics of a particular period of time and style… The property also retains sufficient historical integrity from its period of significance and clearly has exceptional architectural value to the community.”
We are very proud that the Virginia Robinson Gardens is now on the National, State and Local Historic Registers, an accomplishment few historic properties achieve.