The Doctors House Today
Thirty Year Anniversary 1980 - 2010

Restoration in progress


Marie Luft, restoration leader,
at work on the house, 1980.


Restoration accomplished!

Wooten desk in the doctors' office
Doctors House Director
Sonia Montejano (left) and docent Mireya Romo-Bowen.

About the Doctors House Museum

The Doctors House Museum is an authentically restored Queen Anne-Eastlake style home built around 1888. The two story house originally stood at 921 East Wilson Avenue in Central Glendale.

Four early physicians owned it in succession (click here for the Doctors), giving the house its name. Subsequently, Nell Shipman, silent screen icon, occupied the house at the height of her fame. Threatened with demolition in 1979, community activists organized to save it and formally incorporated The Glendale Historical Society on October 24, 1979. Thirty years after the re-opening of the house, Project Coordinator Marie Luft recalled the gargantuan effort in "Memories of the Doctors House - a Labor of Love".

During your visit you can view a pictorial exhibit about moving of the house in two pieces to Brand Park and the subsequent restoration and Victorian Era decoration accomplished by the founding members of TGHS in 1979-1980. You'll also be able to view an exhibit about silent film star and house resident Nell Shipman. Enjoy!

Plan Your Visit to the Doctors House Museum
Please read about Days/Hours of Operation and important contact information:


The House is open for tours every Sunday* from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (the last tour starts at 3:40 pm), with the following exceptions:

*SPECIAL HOLIDAY CLOSURES: New Years Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and Christmas. The house is closed during the entire month of July for maintenance.

*WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: The house will also be closed on very rainy days. Check back to this website for updates, although short-notice closures may not get posted in time.

Regular Admission fee: Donations are accepted to help us maintain the home. A minimum donation of $2.00 is recommended for persons over the age of 16. Admission is always free for Glendale Historical Society members.

Specially scheduled group tours of the Doctors House:

On other days of the week, private tours of the Doctors House may be arranged by contacting Sonia Montejano at 323-251- 9697. For private tours of the grounds contact City of Glendale Community Services and Parks at (818) 548-2147.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PRIVATE FUNCTIONS: If you want to plan a weddings or other private function or party on the Doctors House grounds, gazebo, or any other city owned historic building, please download this parks brochure and contact the city directly.
Private event rentals are handled only by the City of Glendale Comunity Services and Parks. Contact number is (818) 548- 2184. NOTE: There are no private events of any type allowed inside the Doctors House.

Photo shoots and filming require permission:
Contact City of Glendale Community Services and Parks at (818) 548-3782.

Volunteer Docent Opportunities

Volunteer docents give tours of The Doctors House. They receive training from TGHS and commit to at least two volunteer hours per month to give tours. For information about becoming a docent, leave a message for the Doctors House Director at (818) 242-7447. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT TGHS ABOUT WEDDINGS, PRIVATE EVENTS, AND PHOTO SHOOTS. See info above.

Glendale, A Pictorial History, Centennial Edition, by Katherine Peters Yamada.

TGHS's pictorial history of Glendale may be purchased at the Doctors House during open hours. You may also visit Once Upon A Time Bookstore in the Montrose Shopping Park to purchase this book.

Directions to the House

The Doctors House is located in Brand Park, 1601 West Mountain Avenue, Glendale, California, 91201. Take the #5 (Golden State) Freeway or Glenoaks Boulevard to Western Avenue. Proceed north on Western, which leads into the park. As you approach Brand Park, signs along the way will guide you to the parking area and to the House. MAP

Nell Shipman

Between 1917 and 1920, The Doctors House was the home of Nell Shipman, the multi-talented pioneer of the silent screen. In addition to being a major film star of her era, she was also an animal trainer, stunt woman, and writer/director/producer of several films.
A permanent exhibit about Nell Shipman can be found on the second floor of the house. Learn more about her life and work at these websites:

The Nell Shipman Photo Collection Online: Boise State University

Naked Eye Productions

Internet Movie Database - Nell Shipman

The Nell Shipman Website (Professor Kay Armatage, Univ. of Toronto)

The Nell Shipman Silent Film Festival a Boise State University

Papers of Tom Trusky relating to Nell Shipman (Boise State University, Albertsons Library)