When Neek and I first walked into the William S. Hart Museum foyer, two immediate impressions of the man formed for me: his love of art and his love of the Old West. This 10,000 square foot Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion completed in 1927 was designed by Arthur Roland Kelly, who was also responsible for designing the Arthur Letts, Jr. estate in Holmby Hills, more popularly known as The Playboy Mansion where Hugh Hefner lives. I noticed that along the spiral staircase leading up to the second story, there were beautiful paintings of Western motifs. It seemed very inviting, but Neek and I decided to explore downstairs first.
Usually they have guided tours, but Neek and I happened to arrive on a day where they were presenting the place “open house style.”