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The Ebell Club of Los Angeles was founded in 1894 by a small group of women determined to advance women’s opportunities in education, civic improvement and “in every branch of culture”. In 1926, nearly 3,000 strong, the members realized an audacious plan to construct a grand new clubhouse on a barely developed stretch of Wilshire Boulevard. The 75,000 sq ft complex with elegant Italian Renaissance clubhouse and 1200 seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre designed by architect Sumner P. Hunt, and courtyard garden by landscape architect Florence Yoch, embodies the vision and aspirations of Ebell members past and present. Luminaries from Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead and Judy Garland to Jill Biden and Michelle Obama have appeared on Ebell stages. Today, more than 125 years later, the Ebell continues to empower, engage and serve its diverse membership and Los Angeles community through programs, events and multiple philanthropies. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.