Canyon News

UPLIFTERS RENOVATION: August 11, 2014 1:22 pm


Once again …

inthecanyon steps up!

The Uplifters Clubhouse, that “good ol’ boy” iconic hideaway/playground of the Canyon elite was built in 1923.  It began when Harry Haldeman (grandfather to H.R. Haldeman of Watergate infamousy) and a group of local politicians and wealthy Los Angeles men decided to build a secluded enclave for their exclusive use and pleasure.

Here they talked politics and art. Played polo at Will Rodgers’ ranch just up the hill and partied and drank the night away with the likes of Walt Disney, Daryl Zanuck, Harold Lloyd and Busby Berkely. During Prohibition the Uplifters was known as a high-class drinking club.

In 1953 a wealthy socialite purchased the Uplifter’s from a Greek shipping tycoon and  donated it to the City of Los Angeles.  It ultimately became the centerpiece of Rustic Canyon Recreational Center.

Fast forward to today.  Under ownership of the City of Los Angeles the Uplifter’s, even though it is a designated cultural landmark, it has continuously slid into disrepair. The City of Los Angeles does not have the funds to make the necessary repairs and updates so, once again, SMCCA has stepped up and is about to shoulder the burden and figure out a way to do what needs to be done.

Spearheaded by 4 SMCCA members, Mike Deasy, Sara Boyers, Isabelle Mizrahi and Lisa Bitan, they are putting together a plan to restore the Center.

First, they will engage a core group to identify expertise for the creation of the right public-private entity to carry the project forward, incorporating legal, architectural, historical, construction, interior design, fund-raising and non-profit models. Then, a feasibility team will determine the needs of the structure and its uses. Once restoration estimates are inked out they will begin a campaign to fund the project.

“Daunting?,” asks Mike Deasy. “The Rustic Canyon Recreation Center and Canyon School are the heart of our community as well as its icon. Our two canyons are one of the most historic places in our city. Our neighborhoods are constantly reinvesting the unique and the old with the new. Let’s insure our public spaces reflect this continuity, as do our private spaces.”

Mike adds, “Most importantly, we need input from you, the stakeholders. No capital is required at this point—only your valued insights.”

Let your voice be heard.  Email for more information