Category Archives: Architecture

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Spooky, Ooky Witch’s House Haunts Beverly Hills

A sketch of the “The Witch’s House” by Charles Owens from “Nuestro Pueblo,” courtesy of Mary Mallory Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Once upon a time, home design and architecture saluted fantasy and make-believe, and not just … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Assistance League Scouts Film Locations

Motion Picture Magazine, 1925. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. In the early days of the motion picture industry, no rules and regulations held down the field’s growth and development as companies basically made it up as they … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Eastern Columbia Brings Style to Shopping

One of Los Angeles’ most glorious examples of architecture merging glamour and commerce, downtown’s Eastern-Columbia building turned 90 years old September 12. Designed by Claud Beelman and erected in 1930, it symbolizes the City of Angels’ ascendance to the pinnacle … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 2178 High Tower Drive, L.A.’s First Community Elevator

The Tower appeared in the March 24, 1939, installment of Nuestro Pueblo by Joseph Seewerker and Charles Owens of the Los Angeles Times. Both marketing gimmick and necessity, the elevator shaft that gave the name High Tower Drive to a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 960 Vine, Hollywood Market

El Rancho Super Mercado Carniceria, 960 Vine St., via Google Street View. Los Angeles has led the way in the evolution of shopping and markets, thanks to its fascination and acquisition of vehicles. Originally simple stores in the heart of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Knickerbocker Hotel – a Survivor

The Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel in an undated photo from the Security Pacific Collection, housed at the Los Angeles Public Library. A little run-down today, the Knickerbocker Hotel at 1714 Ivar has survived scandal and notoriety to endure as one of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Oviatt’s

Photo: An Oviatt clock, listed on EBay in 2010. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Thanks to the motion picture industry here in Los Angeles, fine haberdashers and designers have sold elegant, tailored clothing to the rich and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: William Pereira, Entertainment Architect

Elmer Balaban, left, Mary Martin and William L. Pereira, Boxoffice, Aug. 3, 1940. Almost a year to the day after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved funding to construct a new Peter Zumthor-designed building for the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Hollywood’s Architect | The Paul R. Williams Story’ – A Moving Portrait of Renowned Black Leader

Courtesy of KCET/PBS SoCal. Long renowned for its excellent documentaries and intelligent programming, KCET PBS SoCal premieres another strong work with its moving portrait of pioneering African American architect Paul R. Williams in “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story.” … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Mack Sennett, Theater Owner

The Woodley Theatre, from Motography, July 14, 1917. Comedy king Mack Sennett recognized the self-promotion power of owning his own movie theater long before film studios owned theater chains or Netflix looked to acquire the Egyptian Theatre. In 1917, savvy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Christmas House Offers Simple Family Joys of Holiday Season

The Christmas House in Boyle Heights, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Long before the inauguration of Instagram and trying to win social media by posting the most elaborate or flashy photo, George G. Skinner designed a homespun holiday … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Huntington Japanese Garden Gives Rest and Refinement

A c. 1937 image of the Japanese garden at the Huntington, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. In 1919, Henry E. and Arabella Huntington signed trust papers that would turn their estate into a public institution. Once opened to … 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: This is an encore post from 2017. Originally constructed as a publicity gimmick and branding symbol to help generate sales for a real … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Einar Petersen and His ‘Aladdin and His Lamp’ Murals

One of Einar Petersen’s murals at the Spring Street Guaranty Building and Loan Assn., courtesy of Mary Mallory Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Curbed L.A. recently reported on the renovations at the building. Fame is fleeting. An … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Fernridge Row Pays Homage to Tam O’Shanter

In the 1920s, housing developments sprang up all around the Los Angeles area as real estate developers purchased small farms to subdivide into housing tracts holding everything from small homes to apartments to bungalow courts. Fernridge Row, stylish Hollywood bungalow … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Spooky, Ooky Witch’s House Haunts Beverly Hills

A sketch of the “The Witch’s House” by Charles Owens from “Nuestro Pueblo,” courtesy of Mary Mallory Note: This is an encore post from 2013.   Once upon a time, home design and architecture saluted fantasy and make-believe, and not … 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. Note: This is an encore post from 2014 Serving both sweet and medicinal purposes, chocolate has been served up as a special treat since at least 1900 BC and continues … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Villa Elaine Courts Tenants

The Villa Elaine via Google Street View. Still stylish after 94 years, Villa Elaine has reigned as one of Hollywood’s most popular apartment/hotels in its location on Vine Street just blocks from Sunset Boulevard. Courtly and regal, the building has … Continue reading

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

The Bryson Apartments, via Google Street View. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. 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 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Yamashiro

Photo: A postcard of the Bernheimer house, listed on EBay at $6. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. In Japanese, Yamashiro means castle on the hill. Standing in its original 1914 location, Yamashiro restaurant, the elegant dowager at … Continue reading

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