Rives Mansion

A bit of History

Constructed by James C. Rives (1899-1903 District Attorney) was born in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Los Angeles as a young child with his family in the late 1860s via oxcart. He dropped out of school at age 14 to help support his family following the death of his father, a pioneer doctor in Los Angeles.

Rives never went to college and started a printing business at age 16. At 21 he owned and published the Downey Weekly Review newspaper, which he ran while studying law. He joined the bar at age 23, became a successful lawyer and served two terms as district attorney, from 1898 to 1902, before becoming a superior court judge for nearly two decades.

Rives was a pioneer of Downey. Where his mansion stands today is registered as a historical site.

Project's Location

Rives Mansion has been location of several artistic and cutural projects

Rives Mansion film shoot

Sharkskin traier

Music video by Eric Benet

Music video by Regulo Caro

Music video by Fadia Mosri