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Friends of Oakridge
10 year Partnership with Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks

donate to complete
The Oakridge Estate
Rear Yard Restoration

In collaboration with the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks, Friends of Oakridge looks forward to offering tours and events when deemed safe.  During this extended hiatus, we are exploring preservation and programming. Our first 10 years' accomplishments include hosting programming and docent led tours for  4,300 visitors, helping to locate funding for a badly needed roof, driveway and 32 additional parking spaces, and, with your help, funding front yard irrigation and landscaping.

In 2019, your generous donations enabled Friends to plant 7 impressive oaks in the rear yard, replacing trees planted by Barbara Stanwyck in 1937, then lost by disease and drought. 


Many of you have enjoyed our interior tours and film events. 


Please help Friends celebrate our first 10 years  with a simple “Birthday Gift”.  Your tax-deductible contribution of $10 to mark each year, or $20 or more, will help us complete the rear yard landscape and hardscape in preparation for outdoor events.   

Friends of Oakridge is a 501 c (3) charitable organization, EIN #45-1626582.  All donations are deemed tax deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer.  No goods or services were provided for your contribution.

From the Archives

Please join Friends of Oakridge for a rare look into a decade of research as we open our archives virtually.

Advance Registration Required

​We look forward to reopening this historic estate
for tours and events in the near future

Marwyck ranch
A Virtual Tour into the Archives

Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 11:00a


In 1936, partners Barbara Stanwyck, Marion and Zeppo Marx formed the Devonshire Company to purchase and develop 130 acres in Northridge, California. Built were two grand estates and the most state-of-the-art Thoroughbred breeding and training facility west of the Mississippi. The ranch was sold and renamed in 1943.


This live Zoom presentation features photos of the ranch from fan magazines, trade publications and film, focusing on the years 1937-1943. A Zoom link will be emailed the day before the event.

Celebrity  Ranches
Of the San Fernando Valley - With Shel Weisbach

Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 1:30p


Popular San Fernando Valley author and historian, Shel Weisbach has been researching and traversing the Valley with a camera for years.    Please join Shel as he presents a visual tour and history of San Fernando Valley Celebrity owned ranches and farms during the early decades of the 20th century.  This will be a live Zoom event.  A Zoom link will be emailed the day before the event.

Friends is appreciative of funding in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and for collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

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