Christina Rice


  1. karwelis
    October 20, 2008 @ 11:26 am

    my name is jean karwelis, though im 47 years old i can remember going in the castle one time as a child. the experence has left its mark on me. when my father passed away 5 years ago i found a picture of he and i on the front porch. this was in 1968. when i found the picture memories came flooding back about that one day on the hill. i had to ask my mother "where was this taken" she said it was bunker hill. and that this house and one other had been saved. will i went on the hunt to find the castle, i needed to see it in person again. within short order i find where it had been moved, and i jump in my ruck and race to los anglels. to my suprise and horror, i find that im 30+ years late and it had burned down. the museum staff was really good to me. they took me to see the handful of artifacts that were left, and asked more questions than i could answer about the home. but this adventure has led me to learn everthng i could about bunker hill, and i have amassed a collection of photos 10,000+ of the buildings and life on the hill.



    bunker hill is worth the effort


  2. Victorian Gentleman 1867
    October 29, 2008 @ 11:31 am

    To the gentleman who left a comment about visiting the Castle as a child, please contact me as soon as possible.
    I am a volunteer docent and researcher for Heritage Square Museum.
    I am currently working on an exhibit about the history of Heritage Sqaure which of course was started in 1969 because of the Castle and Salt Box.
    Could you please contact me at your earliest convenience by email:

    Thank you,
    Victorian Gentleman 1867
    Los Angeles, CA


  3. kim
    February 25, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    Reader  Jon Hartmann writes:

    When the CRA started ripping up the history of Los Angeles, I
    grabbed my camera and headed for the spots where they planned to wipe
    out the most memories.  I got to Bunker Hill when the last homes were
    being carted off, I guess in 1968. 

    Much of my interest was in recording the remaining artifacts of
    the Pacific Electric Railway.  Even though most of the tracks and
    right-of-ways had been destroyed, I managed to get there in time to
    preserve many details that have since been obliterated.  I have
    pictures of the destruction of the subway tunnel, shots of the tracks
    at Gardiner Junction, the facilities at Sherman as well as interior
    shots of the Subway Terminal Building.   I became interested in how
    General Motors and Standard Oil sabotaged rail service, and researched
    186 F2d 562, 1949, wherein the defendants were found guilty of
    "criminal conspiracy to monopolize ground transportation."

    Here are four fascinating images he took in 1968. Bye-bye, Castle!


  4. JimDawson
    June 6, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    In the classic 1955 noir Kiss Me Deadly, The Castle stood in for the boarding house residence of Christina Bailey (Cloris Leachman), whose violent death early in the film launched detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) on a search through Los Angeles to find her killers. A night exterior scene shows the front of the house lit up and still in impressive shape; there were also interior scenes in the hallway, on the stairs, and in one of the upstairs rooms.


    • Castle dweller
      June 6, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

      My family owned The Castle for 30 years until the CRA took it over in the late 1960’s. I remember the filming of Kiss Me Deadly. I remember thinking at the time that it was really something to have our property shown in a movie. They even used the correct address, 325 S. Bunker Hill Avenue. Little did I know that all these years later this would be all we have left besides our memories. The Castle was beautifully shown in its brief appearance, especially the stained glass front doors. Too bad it was in black and white because they were even more beautiful in color (see Leo Politi’s book for a hint of what they were like in color). The interior scenes of the entry hallway and the stairs were shot in The Castle. However, what was purported to be Chrisina’s appartment upstairs I don’t think was shot in The Castle. I don’t know where it was shot.

      Gordon Pattison, aka Castle Dweller


  5. Paul C Jelley
    August 4, 2018 @ 7:52 pm

    In an article published in the Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach), it states that the ‘Castle’ was built in 1882 by the Armour meatpacking family. The article published August 29, 1965 pg 209


  6. john jones
    July 15, 2019 @ 2:38 am

    have you got the bluprints?


    • mm rss
      July 15, 2019 @ 8:04 pm

      They don’t exist, as far as we know.


  7. Susan
    August 13, 2019 @ 6:16 am

    Does anyone have pictures of North Flower Street? I’m searching for anything taken on the 200 North  block to put in a family history.  I know these were large frame buildings, but I’ve been unable to find them on the internet.  I’m also searching for a map showing Flower Street up on the Hill.  Every map I’ve found is so hard to use that it’s useless.


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