Podcast Preview: Unlocking The Mysteries Of The Parley Johnson House

The Downey landmark will open its doors to the public this month

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 visit the Parley Johnson House in Downey, a landmark designed by Roland Coate. The pair talk to Brian Kaiser, tile expert extraordinaire, about the Persian and Islamic origins of the house’s ceramics and how the designs are connected to Steve Jobs’ Jackling Mansion. 

In this exclusive clip, Florence Towers of the Downey Assistance League gives a sneak peek of what visitors will witness during the open house fundraiser on October 19th and 20th, including antique furniture that dates back to the 1700s and the mysteries of Mrs. Gypsy Johnson, childless and so devoted to the League that she donated her expensive property to the organization upon her death in 1986.

The Parley Johnson House’s October open house event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door. 7749 Florence Ave., Downey, 562-869-0232

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