HISTORIC SITE AND GARDENS
The Mountain Mermaid is located in the hills above Los Angeles in Topanga Canyon, the celebrated vortex of art and eccentricity, surrounded by what is now the largest urban park in America, the stunning Santa Monica Mountains.
This historic 1930s architectural gem is situated on several mountain-view acres of rural bliss with lush gardens, fountains, and meandering pathways and is a local watering hole for town meetings and memorials, as well as a popular location for filmmakers and photographers.
Nature serenity, and beauty are the prime amenities at this bucolic retreat. The Mountain Mermaid is a horticultural garden dedicated to the preservation of our architectural, cultural and natural history.
Optional photoshoot and filming places at the Mermaid in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains
Model Cindy Crawford, Bullett Magazine cover, Oct 2010
Photographed by Kayt Jones
A Favorite Shooting Location with Photographers & Filmmakers Worldwide
Circa late 1920’s, Artist rendering of the future Sylvia Park Country Club
Architect, Charles Finkenbinder
California Point of Historic Interest
She was originally built in 1930 as the Sylvia Park Country Club.
In the 40’s she was reinvented as a gambling house run by the infamous gangster, Mickey Cohen. In the 50’s she was reborn as The Canyon Club, a gay night spot owned and operated by a former vice cop. Other assorted identities include American Legion hall, Jewish boys’ school, theatre, and a celebrated concert hall called The Mermaid Tavern…