Category Archives: Architecture

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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Nirvana Apartments

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. A few months ago, a friend and I were walking up Orange Drive from the El Capitan Theatre to the Hollywood Heritage Museum and noticed a striking Japanese looking apartment building at … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Richfield Building Jazzes Up Los Angeles’ Skyline

  The Richfield Building in an undated postcard. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. After years of deprivation, darkness and worry during World War I and its aftermath, America was ready to look toward a shining future of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood National Bank Watches History Go By

  Carol Hughes as photographed by Schuyler Crail, with Hollywood and Cahuenga in the background, courtesy of Mary Mallory. One of the most important and busiest intersections in Hollywood has always been that of Hollywood and Cahuenga Boulevards. The location … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: North Hollywood Department Stores Appeal to Common Man

  Rathbuns enlarges its Baby Shop for new generation of Baby Boomers, Van Nuys News, March 8 1951. As a city or community grows more prosperous, so does its retail establishments. Simple businesses with few choices of product give way … 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. Note: This is an encore presentation of a post from 2014. Built during the early years of the Great Depression, the luxurious Ravenswood Apartment building at 570 … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 4418 Vineland Ave., Yesterday and Today, Part 2

4418 Vineland Ave. in an undated photo, courtesy of Mary Mallory.   Two years can bring changes in life, whether to a person or building, and not always for the better. I wrote about the history of 4418 Vineland Ave. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Esther Ralston and Hollyridge Drive

The Esther Ralston home on Hollyridge Drive, via Hollywood Vagabond. California saw a renaissance of Spanish Revival architecture in the wake of World War I, as it both saluted the life and culture of the Mediterranean and paid homage to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Rockhaven Sanitarium Seeks Its Rehabilitation

The gate at Rockhaven, by Mary Mallory Hiding in plain sight and sitting in a state of arrested decay at 2713 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, the historic Rockhaven Sanitarium stands as the only living example of Glendale’s and the Crescenta … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Two Chinese Restaurants in Studio City

A matchbook cover for Rickshaw Boy, Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Graphics, films, advertisements, music – all demonstrate values and cultures of the time and place in which they were created. Words, phrases, or images considered acceptable at that time can … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Bell & Howell Building Then and Now

716 N. La Brea Ave., via Google Street View, from 2014. Simple and elegant, 716 N. La Brea Ave. today remains little changed on the exterior as to how it looked when finished in 1931. It stands as a beacon … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland’s First House

  2716 Woodhaven Drive as shown in a Studebaker promotional brochure, courtesy of Steve Vaught’s Paradise Leased blog.   On March 31, 1923, publicists trumpeted the news that a great sub development known as Hollywoodland had begun operation at the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: First National Studios, Now Warner Bros., Turns 90

  An aerial view of First National Studios in Burbank, Motion Picture News, 1926.   First National Studios, now known as Warner Bros. Studios, celebrates its 90th birthday on June 15, 2016. Basic construction was completed on the original studio … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory/ Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Cafes Then and Now

  The Hi-Land Kwik Lunch, 1714 Highland Ave., courtesy of Mary Mallory.   Thanks to vintage photograph, films, and ephemera, buildings still live on, even if eventually they were demolished and/or replaced. Sometimes thankfully they still survive. Here is a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ahoy Mateys! Guests Walk Plank at Pirate’s Den.

The Pirate’s Den, Radio Television Mirror. During the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, colorful and elaborate restaurants and nightclubs filled the scene. In the 1920s, programmatic architecture flourished in California, providing automobile passengers giant iconic representations of the foodstuffs available … Continue reading

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