Huguette Clark (Copper Heiress) Estate Settled and May Be Open to the Public!
I dont usually write about personal things but I have taken a vested interest in this family for years now. I have followed the Clark family for almost a decade. Not any one in particular, just the story of the family and the successes that followed. Fast forward to Huguette, one of the last surviving daughters of William A Clark (copper millionaire), she lived her last 22 years of life as a recluse, in a hospital (for no apparent need, perhaps lonileness), leaving behind 5 amazing estates that the world had not yet known. Her doll houses were named “historic projects” due to the rare cedar reserved solely for imperial buildings costing upwards of $80,000… back in the early 1900’s.
I was so happy to read today that her main Santa Barbara Estate could be open to the public very soon! She saddly passed away in 2011 and her estate has been in our court system until recently. The estates she had are historic, not because of age, but because of the amount of money put into the construction, the amount of detail, the finish work was way ahead of its time and the caretakers, staff, of these homes, whom had never met Ms. Clark but were paid upwards of $70,000/year for decades, took extreme measures to make sure these homes were maintained during her absence from the public (she never did return, leaving in the 1960’s and passing away in the New York hospital room she called home, with guards at the door and a fake name in 2011).
Tonight makes me appreciate how each one of us live, how each one of my clients have worked so hard for the homes they have built, the lives that have been shared in those homes. They put all that hard work into my hands when I represent them and I am honored.
My career is fascinating and I am grateful.
Bellosguardo, Santa Barbara, CA
There is so much more to this amazing story of life, she was inspiring as was her family & business. Here are some links to learn some more if you care to:
New York Curbed (Great articles here, she owned the biggest at the time, homes here in New York. Historic does it no justice)
Empty Mansions BOOK – Written by her last living family.. Amazing book, full of US history as well as New York & San Fran development.
… And just remember, home wasn’t built in a day..