Podcast Preview: The Spiritualist Origins of San Diego’s Villa Montezuma


You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is a weekly podcast series produced by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave in which the Esotouric founders talk with L.A. personalities about the city’s myths, contradictions, and inspirations.

This week, Richard and Kim tackle the National Transportation Safety Board’s distressing incident report regarding the closure of Angels Flight (the tiny funicular in Bunker Hill). They also bring the nostalgia, keeping you up to date on news surrounding the reopening of Tom Bergin’s, a Beverly Hills gas station’s rise to landmark status, and the newest tenant to take over the old Craby Joe’s space. 

In this exclusive clip, Richard and Kim wax cartographic with L.A. Public Library map librarian Glen Creason (who shares a map on our CityThink blog each Wednesday). They also visit Louise Torio, board chair of the Friends Of The Villa Montezuma in San Diego, to discover the origin of a Victorian mansion in the city’s Historic Sherman Heights district. The Villa Montezuma was built for pianist and spiritualist Jesse Shepherd and billed as a “palace of the arts,” though its intended use (as determined by its builders, real estate developers John and William High) was as an architectural billboard that would draw new inhabitants to the neighborhood.

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Richard and Kim share highlights from the You Can’t Eat the Sunshine podcast every week at CityThink.