Max Meyberg: Jewish Owner of the Crystal Palace and Creator of La Fiesta de Los Angeles, 1894+

Max Meyberg

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Max Meyberg ^Los Angeles, CA, #WS0967

Born in 1850 in Herdecke, Germany, to Joseph and Amalie Meyberg (Seligman), Max Meyberg immigrated to the United States, living first in New York City and then San Francisco before coming to Los Angeles, in 1875.



Max and his brother Moritz operated a successful crockery and giftware store that they called the Crystal Palace.

The Crystal Palace of Max Meyberg, Downey Block, Los Angeles, 1880, #WS0605

La Fiesta de Los Angeles

Max Meyberg is best remembered for his creation of La Fiesta de Los Angeles and serving as its general manager, 1894-95.

La Fiesta de Los Angeles, Vintage Postcard

Of this event he wrote: 

“In the work of organizing and presenting this great festival a number of men were brought together, who, from mere speaking acquaintances, became warm friends, and who now feel that they are banded together for a permanent public interest.”

“I was inspired not only by the Mardi Gras in New Orleans but by a ‘midwinter fair. being held in San Francisco and with the attractions, taken from the World’s Exhibition of Chicago, drawing crowds of people.”

Float in La Festa de Las Angeles, circa 1899

Max Meyberg promoted the idea to attract tourists to the city at the time of a business recession.

The Festival was held annually for a number of years and is said to have drawn crowds of thousands each time.

Comunity Life

Max Meyberg was an active member of Congregation B’nai B’rith.



He was married to Emma Hellman, a daughter of early Los Angeles pioneer banker, Isaiah M. Hellman.


Max Meyberg died in Los Angeles, in 1934.


More information can be found in the following issues of Western States Jewish History:

  • “Meyberg, Max. Max Meyberg, 1850-1934: Creator of La Fiesta de Los Angeles. Gladys Sturman. 36/3.
  • “The Meybergs and the Newmarks: Report of an Interview with Mrs. Marco Newmark, May 8, 1967,” Stern, Norton B.; 1967, 41/3

Thank you to Willi Creutzenberg for adding family information

Meyberg Photo Album


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