Krotona sketch public domain circa 1912

Architectural concept drawing, LA Times, 29 September 1912.

Krotona was one of three important Theosophical "colonies" in the U.S. during the early part of the 20th century. Originally built in Hollywood during 1912, the colony was eventually relocated to Ojai, California in 1926, where it operates today as the Krotona Institute of Theosophy.[1]

Located just off of State Route 33, the Krotona Institute holds regular classes and workshops on Theosophy, maintains an extensive library on the occult, and has a small bookstore.


  • Power, Ralph Lester (1921). Libraries of Los Angeles and Vicinity. University of Southern California press. p. 46. 
  • Hine, Robert V. (1953). California's Utopian Colonies. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library. p. 57n. 


  1. Willis, Alfred. "A Survey of Surviving Buildings of the Krotona Colony in Hollywood". University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 

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