United States of America, California, San Mateo County, Atherton
Douglass Hall is piece of the property that accompanied one of the first country homes of the area. Between 1906 and 1910 the present house was built of steel and concrete in the Italianate style. It was one of the first homes built in such a manner to withstand earthquakes. Mrs. Payne purchased most of the furniture, fixtures and statuary while in Europe. The home was later inhabited by Mr. Leon Forrest Douglass, inventor of the phonograph and "Technicolor" motion pictures. In a small garden pool he conducted underwater photographic experiments. In times since, the house has been used as both a school and convalescent home for wounded soldiers.