Scientology Eye

June 5, 2006

{Design Observer: writings about design & culture: Why Scientology is Good for Hollywood } –

“The crown jewel of Scientology’s heirlooms is the Chateau Elysee, a 1929 replica of a 17th century French chateau now known as the Celebrity Centre International. It was built by Eleanor Ince, widow of Thomas Ince, the original movie mogul to house luminaries like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Errol Flynn and Ginger Rogers. It’s also where Katie Holmes came, reportedly almost every day during the past year, to study. I chose this as my architectural gateway into Scientology.

I call ahead, saying I’m an architecture enthusiast and I’d like to set up an appointment to tour the building with someone who knows about the restoration process. They assure me they have someone on hand for just that request, and urge me to come any day, from 9am until 10pm. Their doors are always open.

The doors are, in fact, closed, when I arrive, so I tell the guard smiling outside why I’m here. This request puzzles him greatly, and he guides me in, looking for backup.”

Very very knowledgeable comments on a very informative, and at times misdirected, post about the cult of Scientology’s restoration efforts in Los Angeles.