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They renovated extensively to transform the lodge into a 22 room mansion luxuriously decorated with ceiling frescos and the highest quality art and furnishings available. The property was said to have been the first private property in the Los Angeles area to include a swimming pool (set in a large formal garden).
During the 1920s the house became the focal point for social activities, and the couple became famous for entertaining there. An invitation to Pickfair was a sign of social acceptance into the closed Hollywood community, and European royalty was also accommodated and entertained at the mansion.
It stood empty for several years after Pickford's death, and was sold twice before being purchased by actress Pia Zadora and her husband Meshulam Riklis . They announced they were planning renovations to the famous building, but later revealed that the house had in fact been demolished and a new larger mansion constructed in its place.
Faced with public criticism Zadora defended their actions, stating that the house was in a poor state of repair, and was infested by termites.
The only remaining artefacts from the original Pickfair are the gates to the estate with their prominent P motif.
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