Category Archives: Architecture

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Buster Keaton’s ‘The Italian Villa’

Note: As many of you know, Mary Mallory’s father passed away, so in her absence we’re running one of her most popular posts, from 2012.  Buster Keaton seemed to have it all in the mid-1920s. His career was riding high, … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 20

“I stood beside him in the bay window of Laura’s living room. East 62nd Street had yielded to the spirit of carnival…” The 200 block of East 62nd Street, New York, via Google Street View. In case you just tuned … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bimini Baths’ Curing Waters Heal the Soul

A postcard showing the Bimini Baths, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For centuries, those looking for healing of mental or physical ailments visited therapeutic spas and springs at such places as Bath, England, and Baden Baden in Germany. By the 1860s, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: First National Building Banks On Hollywood’s Future

Hollywood First National Bank Building, Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Soaring to the skies, displaying confidence in Hollywood’s unlimited future, the First National Building, constructed and opened in 1928, brought Art Deco-Gothic beauty to Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Operating as … Continue reading

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Weird Al Gets ‘Tacky’ in Downtown Los Angeles

Weird Al has a new video, “Tacky,” a satire on Pharrell’s “Happy.” The sign for the Los Angeles Theatre is clearly visible in the shots, pegging this as Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Theatre and the Palace … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sixth Street Chocolate Shop Offers Sweet Treats

A still from “The Hope Chest,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Serving both sweet and medicinal purposes, chocolate has been served up as a special treat since at least 1900 BC and continues as a favored gift and treat today. As … Continue reading

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What Really Happens in the Bradbury Building — Steampunk Alert!

Here’s what they actually do in the Bradbury Building. This ad popped up after a thrilling round of Words With Friends. Could it be the Bradbury Building? Indeed it is.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ on Heritage Square

I was underwhelmed by “Saving Mr. Banks,” but look what I found! It’s Heritage Square, which (for out-of-town readers) is just off the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Here’s Heritage Square as shown on Google Street View.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Clifton’s Cafeteria Offers Food for Thought

Clifton’s Pacific Seas, 618 S. Olive St. Long before kitschy was cool and themed restaurants like tiki bars, Planet Hollywoods and Rainforest Cafes existed, downtown Los Angeles sported eclectically decorated and festive Clifton’s Cafeterias. Over the top and lavishly theatrical, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Crossroads of the World Welcomes All

The interior of Crossroads of the World, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Long before the Grove or Americana on Brand, the Crossroads of the World existed as a retail center replicating simpler times and more glamorous surroundings. It sprang from tragedy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Medical Arts Building

Mary went on a field trip to visit the Toluca Plaza building (formerly the Medical Arts Building) for her latest post, but some of her photos got caught in my spam filter. Here they are. This is “Aunt Nell” “trying … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — 4418 Vineland Ave. Yesterday and Today

Over the decades, towns and cities undergo great change as they evolve from agrarian societies into metropolitan areas. Multi-unit residential properties, modern office buildings and skyscrapers replace older buildings and styles of architecture, now considered too old-fashioned by some. Many … Continue reading

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‘While the City Sleeps’ — John Bengtson Edition

John Bengtson, who has researched and written so much about early movie locations in Los Angeles, sends this Spence Air Photo of the Civic Center and weighs in on “While the City Sleeps.” Hi Larry – thank you for the … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part V

This is the last in our series of posts on the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps.” We have previously looked at the history of the film, the plot (convoluted), the reviews (mixed) the condition of this print … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Wiltern Theatre Jazzes Up Movie Theater Construction

The grand opening of what was then the Warner Western Theater, courtesy of Mary Mallory.     The history of one street corner can often show the growing pains of a burgeoning city. What started out as a rural location … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — The Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood Party Central

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Once movie studios moved into Hollywood, life changed in the sleepy, little farming community. Easygoing small town life gave way to the jazzy bustle of a moviemaking metropolis. Office towers, theaters and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Movie Location Bus Tour Cruises Los Angeles

  Over the decades, motion picture producers have unknowingly documented historic and outstanding architecture surrounding Hollywood and Los Angeles while filming their movies. These visual representations often stand as the only documentation of long-gone buildings, residences and businesses, a celebration … Continue reading

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Architectural Ramblings

Note: This is a repost of a regular feature I did for the 1947project in 2007 in which I tried to find homes listed in The Times’ Sunday real estate section in 1907. Architectural Ramblings was one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Marion Davies’ Santa Monica Beachside Cottage

Marion Davies’ beach house, courtesy of Mary Mallory.   Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst inherited and erected lavish estates for himself around California like Wyntoon, his Northern California retreat, and Hearst Castle, his main residence on the Central Coast, but … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — The Hotel Bella Union/St. Charles Hotel

March 16, 1936: Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit the St. Charles Hotel at 314 N. Main, which was formerly the Bella Union Hotel. “This was one of the two best hotels in Los Angeles not so … Continue reading

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