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Somewhere in St. Joseph, Berrian County, Michigan. Clara Kimball Young was living here at the time of the 1900 census with her parents and grandmother Julia Garrett. This must have been an undeveloped area, as no street numbers are recorded in the census. This is next to Benton Harbor, where she had family.

2424 West Adams Street (?), Los Angeles This is hard to read on the 1920 census--the address above is clearly marked West Adams but next to Clara's address it looks like S. Western, but other nearby addresses say West Adams. Young and her parents and her Aunt Grace Aylesworth were leasing a home on West Adams in May of 1918. The 1920 census of 2424 shows Harry Garson and Edward Kimball, both listed as "Head," along with Clara listed as "daughter" with an occupation of "Star." Grace Aylesworth is still there along with a servant, a butler, and a chauffeur. Thanks to Harold Aherne for this info.

1515 Cerro Gordo, Echo Park, Los Angeles, Clara Kimball Young lived here during the early 1920s. The property originally encompassed eight lots from Cerro Gordo Street to the Curran steps along Valentine Street. In addition to the white wood frame bunglow with a perigola that was the main house, there was a caretaker's house and a small cottage which she used as a study. This property had been sold by the early 1930s.

1742 Wellington Road, Los Angeles. Moving Picture World of October 29, 1921 gives this address for Young in a report about a law suit brought against Young and Garson by David Levy for nonpayment of a promissory note.

1414 North Havenhurst Drive, West Hollywood Clara was apparently living her as of the 1930 census. This is known as La Ronda and there is a picture Here and some more information if you scroll down Here. It's on the National Register of Historic Places and was apparently behind the famous Garden of Allah and shared a parking lot.

2050 Laurel Canyon Road, Los Angeles was rumored to have been built for Clara Kimball Young, but i have no further data on this (and at this point i no longer remember where i got this tidbit--if anyone knows anything further about it could you let me know!).

7462 Waring Ave., Los Angeles. This photograph was taken of her at home in the summer of 1949. In 1940 census she's land is living with her uncle Harry M. Craig and aunt Laura Craig (both born in China). The house was rented for $45 per month. She gives her name as Clara Kimball Fauman, widow, and reports her education as H3. She gives her profession as Actress, Motion pictures. She was not at work for pay or doing public emergency work during the week of March 24-30, 1940 and had been unemployed for the entire last year but was seeking work (interesting because she was reported to be retired at this time). Her aunt was also unemployed for the last year (actress, theatrical) and seeking work, but her uncle was employed full time as a salesman of building materials during the week of March 24-30 but reported 0 weeks worked in 1939. All 3 give their class of worker as PW. However, all 3 report no wages, but have received income of more than $350 from sources other than wages.

807 North Curzon Ave., Los Angeles. This address was given as her place of residence in her obituaries.

The Motion Picture Home. Clara Kimball Young died here

Gareth Hughes,Louise Dresser, and Betty Blythe photographed at Clara Kimball Young's funeral,

Pierce Bros. Mortuary, Beverly Hills, 714 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Clara Kimball Young's funeral was held here. Co-officiating at the rites was former Eyes of Youth co-star Gareth Hughes, by then a retired missionary. Several hundred people attended, including former stars Betty Blythe and Louise Dresser, who are pictured here with Hughes (thanks to Stephen Lyons for this picture). The building is now L.A. Historic Cultural Monument 574

Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale. Clara Kimball Young is buried here

On East 15th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Vitagraph Studios. Young worked at this studio with her husband James Young and her father Edward M. Kimball from at least 1912 until 1914. The studio is just south of Avenue M. in the Midwood section of Brooklyn (formerly the village of Greenfield in Flatbush), bounded north and south by Locust Avenue and Elm Avenue, on the west is East 15th Street. The smokestack can be seen to this day from Locust Ave.; the letters VITAGRAPH are still visible from the area around the bridge, though they are usually blocked by tree leaves. The studio was demolished in 2015 but the smokestack is apparently being preserved. There is a shortvideo tour from 2009 on YouTube, and pictures of the smokestack if you scroll down here

126 W. 46th St. New York City
Photoplay May 1917 gives this address for Lewis Selznick Enterprises, which is listed under studios and is given as the address of both Clara Kimball Young Film Corp. and Norma Talmadge Film Corp). According to Richard Koszarski's "Hollywood on the Hudson," the Biograph Studio at 807 East 175th St. in the Bronx , built 1913, was rented by Selznick. He he made films with Norma Talmadge and Clara Kimball Young, as well as renting space to Arbuckle and Keaton for their production of Comique two-reelers (including His Wedding Night and Oh, Doctor, both 1917). The Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual (1916) gives the address of the Clara Kimball Young FIlm Company as 729 Seventh Ave. New York City

Garson Studio, 1845 Allesandro, Edendale, Silver Lake area, Los Angeles. She and Harry Garson operated this studio from 1919 to probably 1923. It was formerly the Selig Studio. The last buildings were torn down in 1939. For a history of the property with current pictures, see Allan Ellenberger's page on the site.

United Studios. This was known as the Brunton Studios when Clara Kimball Young used them briefly in 1919 before founding the Garson Studio. Brunton was later called Peralta, then United Studios. The property was purchased in 1925 by Famous Players-Lasky and became the home of Paramount Studios. Young had made her previous film at the Sunset Studio, and before that had used the Lasky Studio, the old Thanhauser Studio in New Rochelle, New Jersey, and the World Pictures studio and the Selznick Studio (formerly Solax) in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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