The Mountain Mermaid is a

declared California historical, architectural, and cultural landmark.

It was originally built in 1930 as the Sylvia Park Country Club

in the mountains above Los Angeles.

It was converted into a boy’s school for a time,

and during World War II became a gambling house and brothel operated

by mobster Mickey Cohen. It was reborn as an American Legion hall, movie theatre,

and later in the 50s as a gay nightclub called The Canyon Club.

In the 70s it reemerged as the legendary

Mermaid Tavern featuring world-class music, and more.

By the late 1980s it was a ruin, structurally unsound, and destined for demolition.

In 1989, a local artist bought the property

and initiated a restoration that continues to this day.

Photographers from all over the world come to shoot at the Mermaid.

It is a local watering hole for town meetings and memorials.

The Mountain Mermaid is a horticultural garden

dedicated and the preservation of our architectural, cultural and natural history.


Mountain Mermaid






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