Originally built in 1925 for silent screen star Rudolph Valentino, Falcon Lair was purchased by Doris Duke in the early 1950s. Located in the hills above Benedict Canyon overlooking Beverly Hills, the estate served as a retreat from public life. Falcon Lair not only became a venue for informal jazz concerts, but also served as a place where Doris could work on her own musical talents. A lover of the performing arts, in the 1960s Doris also formed a record company, Clover Records. The high level recording equipment purchased for Clover Records was kept in an apartment over the garage at Falcon Lair. Doris lived in Falcon Lair until her death in 1993 at the age of 80.
To learn more about Doris Duke's Falcon Lair home or to see the archival materials associated with the residence, visit the collection's finding aid.