Go Visit the Home That Razor Blades Built


On this date in 1901 King Gillette introduced the safety razor. Before his success with cheap disposable blades, men shaved with one of those creepy straight-edge Sweeney Todd razors. After the money started rolling in, Gillette built a big house in Palm Springs and had celebrity architect Wallace Neff design a huge mansion near Calabasas. When he died in 1932 his wife sold the compound to film director Clarence Brown who sold it to Bob Hope, who gave it to a bunch of nuns. A succession of religious institutions had the land until the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy opened its 588 acres as a park in 2007. The Conservancy offers nature tours, historic talks, and even a survival class! Will you need a straight razor to survive in the wilderness? Go to the ranch and find out.