Category Archives: Architecture

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bryson Apartments ‘The Finest Apartment Building West of New York City’

The Bryson Apartments, via Google Street View. Considered by many to be one of the most attractive apartment buildings in Los Angeles, the regal Bryson Apartment Building at 2701 Wilshire Blvd. stands as a lovely example of 1910s high end … Continue reading

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L.A. Becomes New York: ‘Three on a Match’ (1932)

After I posted a photo of Ann Dvorak’s Duesenberg in the 1932 film “Three on a Match,” John Bengtson noted that the school scenes were filmed at Los Angeles High School on Fort Moore Hill. “Three on a Match” is, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravenswood Apartments Attract the Stylish

Mae West in her boudoir at the Ravenswood, Life magazine, Feb. 19, 1940. Built during the early years of the Great Depression, the luxurious Ravenswood Apartment building at 570 N. Rossmore Ave. stands as one of the best examples of … Continue reading

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On Location in Downtown Los Angeles — 1930

“For the Defense” is one of the old Paramount films now controlled by Universal. As part of its pre-code marathon, TCM recently aired “For the Defense,” a 1930 Paramount film starring William Powell and Kay Francis.

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Black Dahlia Murder House and Dr. George Hodel: Another Good Story Ruined

Sorry, Ashbury Park Press (a Gannett publication), there is nothing to show that anybody was killed at the Sowden House. There is only nonsense about  Buster the Wonder Dog  reacting to something or other. And, for the record, Elizabeth Short … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: El Portal Theatre Entertains San Fernando Valley

El Portal Theatre, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For the first couple of decades of the twentieth century, construction of a grand, elaborately decorated motion picture theatre in a small town suggested either that the burg was developing rapidly into an … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 11

Georgette Bauerdorf, left, George F. Bauerdorf and Constance Ann “Connie” Bauerdorf Dillon in an undated photo, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Although Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, was living by herself in the apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Lookout Mountain Inn Promotes Real Estate

  A postcard of Lookout Mountain, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Long before the developers of Hollywoodland offered potential buyers the chance to enjoy the magnificent views at the top of the hill above their giant advertising sign, the real estate … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Garden Court Apartments Offer Luxurious Living on Hollywood Boulevard

A postcard of the Garden Court Apartments, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $9.99. For decades, the elegant Garden Court Apartments represented high-class living for both aspiring and successful residents of Hollywood. Located just west of the thriving … Continue reading

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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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