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Frank Capra's second home and other oddities

I'm on vacation in the Coachella Valley this week and I'm staying near the La Quinta Resort where, in the 1930's, writer/director Frank Capra resided when he was not in Hollywood. I visited the casita this morning and it has a nice plaque.



Here is the plaque close up:

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Looks lovely and peaceful.
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More to come including his "other" second home and some weird Scientology stuff.
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Get off my lawn!
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This is/was Capra's other La Quinta home. He was an investor in the development and this was his personal unit. It's a tract home style development with hundreds of units all built using 3 different floor plans with only slight variation. His personal unit however, has an entirely unique floor plan. He was living here in 1991 when he passed away.

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Now the Scientology stuff. It turns out that the La Quinta Resort was occupied by the church of Scientology during the 1970's. I've been researching and I can't find any explanation for why a popular resort founded in the '20s would suddenly be occupied by a cult, but evidently it was and many of the buildings they used remain.

This building, currently being used as storage, was a dormitory.


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And this building, more like compound, was L Ron Hubbard's home.



Stables


Gates welded shut


The compound is a private residence that does not belong to the resort. In 2009 Scientology bought it back from the then current owner. They want to turn it into a museum.

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Bump

I’m fixing the photos
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This is about 90 min from me and I’ve stayed there a few times, with another trip planned for July. Love the film history on site; a bonus because it’s the most relaxing stay I’ve ever had. Just... chill... unless the pools are flooded with kids.

Didn’t know about the Scientology stuff. I’ll have to check out some of those buildings when I’m there next.
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I missed this last time. Thank you for fixing the photos. It's interesting.
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The house looks fine. Is Scientology the only oddity or is there something else?
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Cool pad. I'll bet Cappie's Coke and Whore parties were Lit as Fuck!
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Can I vote for that as my movie party?
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The house looks fine. Is Scientology the only oddity or is there something else?
Yes, the oddity was finding out that most of the main buildings of the resort housed the Scientology cult before they moved to their current HQ in nearby Gilman, the so called Gold Base.
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I guess I was hoping for something on the level of the Winchester mansion.
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This shit’s better than the Winchester mystery house, because it’s real. That thing is 100% bullshit.

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