Category: Architecture

Hollywood Tower

Image: Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p15150coll5/id/5077

“When the Sunset Tower opened in 1931 at 8358 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, the apartment building was considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the Los Angeles area. This photo was taken in 1939, when parking on the Sunset Strip was an achievable ambition.”

Excerpt from Martin Turnbull post on facebook. See it at the link below along with much additional information.

At the present time, this building was the inspiration for a spooky building at a well-known theme park.

Merrit Building, 8th and Broadway, L.A.

Image: Merrit Building (Maxwell House Coffee shop and Thrifty drug store on ground floor) via https://hunterkerhart.com/2016/11/14/merritt-building/?fbclid=IwAR1kq5jmZ5BSq_clLKzWxnWaRH_YnhixReqgxpda314CMiurPK5DhUuAVVM . Original source is not listed.

Opened in 1915, the Merrit Building was an important part of downtown Los Angeles in this 1939 photo. Vehicle traffic wasn’t heavy enough to justify a signal but there were plenty of pedestrians there. See the link for a history of Merrit and the building along with many photos through the years. Much of the building was vacated in the 1980s and the photos at the link show many original elements still present.