Category Archives: Architecture

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: T.L. Tally – L.A.’s Pioneer Film Exhibitor, Part 1 (Updated)

T.L. Tally, Moving Picture World, 1915. Los Angeles has stood at the forefront of not only motion picture production, but the fields of exhibition and distribution as well. Former Texan T. L. (Thomas Lincoln) Tally pioneered in these fields, seeming … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Brand Library

“Aerodrome Replacing Country-House Garage,” Illustrated London News, Oct. 29, 1921, Courtesy of Mary Mallory   Note: This is an encore post from 2012 Unique thematic architectural homes stand out all around the Los Angeles area, like Yamashiro and Frank Lloyd … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Reservoir – Hollywood’s Forgotten Lake

  Feb. 2, 1924: Hollywood Dam under construction. A virtually forgotten oasis located in what was originally known as Weid Canyon in the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Reservoir served as much as bucolic paradise as water supply when first constructed … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Maxey’s Singapore Spa – A Sign of the Times

    “The menu is to the mood of a restaurant what the tie is to the dress ensemble…a small detail but the most noticeable of all!” –“Menu Profit Maker,” Restaurant Management, 1936 –Josh Kun “To Live and Dine in … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Sign Built and Illuminated November-December 1923

The Hollywoodland Sign, in a photo published in the Los Angeles Evening Herald, Dec. 8, 1923. Note: Today (July 13) is commonly mistaken for the “birthday” of the Hollywood Sign. An encore post from Mary Mallory sets the record straight. … 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. Note: This is an encore post from 2014 For decades, the elegant Garden Court Apartments represented high-class living for both aspiring and successful residents … Continue reading

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Inside L.A.’s Movie Palaces

Gary Martin, one of the members of the Brain Trust, writes to tell us that the Theatre Historical Society of America will meet in Los Angeles next week and offer tours of many theaters.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Tennis Club, Society Racket

  The Los Angeles Tennis Club, Modern Screen, 1931-32.     Long a favorite activity of high society, tennis has been a way to fashionably exercise and enjoy time with friends for centuries. Los Angeles “in crowd” flocked to tennis, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Equitable Building Double Art Deco Pleasure on Hollywood Boulevard

Superimposed photograph showing the Bank of Hollywood building as it will appear with the completion of the 12-story annex, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory.   One of Hollywood’s first height limit buildings, the lovely Equitable Building, has proudly stood at … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Turns 90

  The opening of “King of Kings at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Photo courtesy of Bruce Torrence. Still ready for its close-up, the TCL Chinese Theatre, originally Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, turns 90 on May 18, looking as glamorous and exotic as … Continue reading

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

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Buster Keaton seemed to have it all in the mid-1920s. His career was riding high, as the public loved his film comedies, making him one of America’s top film personalities. He had … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hillview Apartment Building Graces Hollywood Boulevard

  A postcard of the Hillview Apartment Building, from the California State Library. Long an elegant sight on Hollywood Boulevard, the Hillview Apartment Building’s (now the Hollywood Hudson Apartments) central location in Hollywood and its graceful look attracted entertainers of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 940 N. Highland Ave. Salutes Animals

  940 N. Highland Ave. via Google Street View. Long a striking icon on Highland Avenue, 940 N. Highland Avenue’s attractive facade highlights the building’s original use as a dog and cat hospital. Simple and elegant, its sleek modernistic look … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Hollywoodland’s Kanst Art Gallery

  Note: This is an encore post from 2013. The Hollywoodland housing development possessed many unique features when it opened in 1923. The neighborhood was the first themed housing development built on hillsides, the first to include a shopping center … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Edward A.D. Christopher Home Witnesses History

  The Edward A.D. Christopher home, photograph by Mary Mallory. With the speed of change in technology, transportation, and society, it’s often amazing that something historic survives. The Edward A. D. Christopher home at 11015 Aqua Vista Street in Studio … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cecil B. DeMille – Big Man on Campus

  Cecil B. DeMille meets students who will attend DeMille Junior High School, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Sept. 9, 1956. Schools are often named after historic or famous figures that offer inspiration, hope, and good examples to students of that neighborhood … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: S.H. Woodruff and the Electrical Adobe House

A drawing of the electrical adobe home, Journal of Electricity, Jan. 15, 1921. Real estate brokers often look for a unique hook or gimmick on which to sell their developments. Any special amenity or feature which can grab headlines and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Sign Built and Illuminated November-December 1923

The Hollywoodland Sign, in a photo published in the Los Angeles Evening Herald, Dec. 8, 1923. Originally constructed as a publicity gimmick and branding symbol to help generate sales for a real estate development, the Hollywood Sign is now a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 6600 Hollywood Blvd. Then and Now

    Armstrong’s Cafe at 6600 Hollywood Blvd., courtesy of the California State Library. The evolution of one address can reveal the revitalization and resurgence of a growing neighborhood or the mass commercialization and bland homogeneity of a district. 6600 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — The Gibbons-Del Rio House: Like Stepping Into a Dream

The Cedric Gibbons home, via Google Street View. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Celebrity has often been the cachet for creating style, fashion and cultural trends, especially with the advent of films. Stars wearing a particular designer’s … Continue reading

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