A treasure trove of never seen canyon history has been donated to the Chevy Chase Estates Association and we would like to share the highlights. Most of these documents detail the early years of our canyon development as the founder Bert Farrar laid out his plans for the canyon and then proceded to build it.
The first item is a tantalizing hint of what could have been, the sketch of a never built canyon hilltop house by the architect Lloyd Wright, famous around these parts for having designed The Derby House on Chevy Chase Drive.
Next, full memberships in the Chevy Chase Country Club can be had for $250. The year was 1925 and one also had to pony up the $25 war tax. The Club hadn’t actually been built yet but the layout is described in detail in their first brochure. For a full-sized gallery click on the two arrows upper right.
As the first homes and country club were being built Bert Farrar placed an ad in the local Glendale paper describing his vision of Chevy Chase Estates. For easier reading, one can click on the photo below to download a PDF.
And finally an invite poster Bert Farrer created offering his guests a free brunch so they could see for themselves all the magnificent progress way up in the canyon. Note the country club and many of the original homes have been completed and are pictured. Also of interest are the sketches of a proposed but never built shopping center. Clicking on the image will allow one to download a large PDF so all the details can be seen. Big file.