At the time, the Brands were still living at 607 Park View St., overlooking Westlake Park (now MacArthur Park). They soon began building their new home, El Miradero, in the hills above Glendale. It was finished in 1904, and just before they moved, Mary Louise Brand hosted a farewell dance for her niece.
A Feb. 26, 1904 Los Angeles Times society article noted that L.C. Brand's sister, Ada Stocker, was one of the many guests at the party.
Watkins was still a young girl when she moved to the new house. She recalled life at El Miradero in a Dec. 19, 1971, Los Angeles Herald Examiner clipping, provided by her granddaughter, Christy Hastings, of Arizona.
"Its architecture is unique and was patterned after the East Indian buildings constructed by that government for the Chicago World's Fair," Watkins said.
[Editor's Note: it was the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893].
The contractor and architect was Nathaniel Dryden, husband of L.C. Brand's sister, Helen.
Watkins described her uncle L.C. Brand in glowing terms.
"My uncle had already founded and was successfully managing the Title Guarantee and Trust Company. Having purchased a good portion of the present city of Glendale, he gave it lights, power and gas and prevailed upon a close friend, Henry Huntington, to bring the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway to Glendale. The cars ran up the center of the 120-foot-wide boulevard (Brand). Uncle had previously donated the right of the way for the street."
Watkins recalled her life at El Miradero.