KING GILLETTE PARK
In 2009, I was asked to lead a monthly photo walk at King Gillette Ranch along with a monthly walk in Franklin Canyon by the organization of which I am a docent, the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, in conjunction with the Mountains Recreation and Conservations Authority (MRCA), which is also an affiliate of the National Park Servivrd. King Gillette Park is located in Calabasas, California. The park is between Malibu and Agora with vast hills and a large variety of wildlife.
The park has a varied and interesting history. Over 9,000 years ago, the
Chumash tribe of Native Americans lived here. In 1926 King Camp Gillette, the razor blade entreprenuer, bought the property. He commissioned respected architect Wallace Neff to create a “paradise on earth, California style.” After the death of Gillette, in 1930, MGM movie director Clarence Brown purchased the ranch. In 1952 the property became the convent home of Claretian Catholic nuns. The grounds were then occupied by controversial Elizabeth Clare Prophet, head of the Church Universal and Triumphant in 1978. Later the Japanese Soka Universtiy in America’s campus was at the King Gillette Ranch. Finally, in 2007, became open to the public.
The park has stunning views and nearly 600 acres of land. It is a stunning site to photograph and walk through.