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Garden of Allah Hotel Photos

More Garden Of Allah Hotel Photos

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The Garden of Allah Hotel was once Hollywood’s most famous, or perhaps infamous, hotel during the 1930s and 40s. In 1918, stage and screen actress, Alla Nazimova purchased property on Sunset Boulevard and built a rambling hotel which she named the Garden of Allah.

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The hollywoodphotographs.com website has the largest number vintage Garden of Allah Hotel photos. All the photographs are available for purchase.

Located on Sunset Blvd, just west of Crescent Heights Blvd. the hotel opened in 1927 and catered to some of Hollywood's...

Vintage Photos Of The Garden Of Allah Hotel Part 5

Garden of Allah's Parties

Returning G.I.s brought a new pharmaceutical awareness with them. Record producer Kim Fowley recalls being used as a decoy for his absentee father, actor Douglas Fowley, in 1946. Fowley the elder took his son along on various Hollywood scoring safaris—at nearby Schwab’s Drugs and an upstairs room at The Players, Preston Sturgis’s nightclub. The Villa Nova, where the Rainbow Club now sits on Sunset, was another spot. Kim recalls: “I was eight years old and I’d just met my dad for the first time. I was just out of the orphanage and he was back from the war. My father and his cronies were at the Garden to score opium and get high. I stood outside in my little sailor suit, playing with my new sailboat in the fountain… watching for the police.”

But with Benchley’s passing, postwar uncertainty and the specter of anti-Communist hysteria, a sea change was occurring throughout the city—and Allah wasn’t...

Vintage photos of the Garden of Allah Hotel Part 4

LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL When actress Talullah Bankhead arrived in the summer of 1933, sexual antics at the Garden increased exponentially. As a child she idolized Nazimova and, appropriately, Bankhead grew into a sexual omnivore. While at the Garden, her conquests included actresses Barbara Stanwyck, Dolores Del Rio and Joan Crawford. Olympic swimmer-turned-Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, made Talullah “a very satisfied Jane” in the pool. Even the young Gary Cooper was spotted one night with Bankhead, scampering nude from the pool to her bungalow. (She returned to New York with a raging case of gonorrhea, a burning gift, she claimed, from Some Like it Hot star George Raft.)

The Marx Brothers came west in 1929 to make Animal Crackers, and Harpo, a notorious womanizer, took up residence at the Garden. One night after a neighbor was playing piano loudly at midnight, he set his alarm for 5AM and played the first 64 bars of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto...

Vintage photos of the Garden of Allah Hotel Part 3

WELCOME TO WALDEN POND” Although the Garden had easygoing management, often times forsaking rent and bills for months on end, that didn’t mean that they extended their goodwill to everyone. In fact, one group of tenants was denied credit altogether. These were the Hallroom Boys, an assemblage of English actors who had flocked to Hollywood and who found occasional work as bit players in British Empire epics such as The Lives of a Bengal Lancer. These Englishmen, generally down-at-the-heels, inhabited the former servants’ rooms in the hotel’s main building. Their main occupation, it seemed, was to serve as stooges and jesters to the affluent residents of the bungalows. Wearing totally unwarranted Old Etonian ties, and blazers with the armorial emblems of Oxford and Cambridge colleges, with which they had no connection whatsoever, they amused their patrons with prattle about the English Empire, and often had tea on the vicarage lawn. According to John McClain, a...

Vintage Photos of the Garden of Allah Hotel Part Two

Garden of Allah Hotel

In 1938 infamous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a now famous postcard—to himself! It read, “Dear Scott, How are you? Have been meaning to come in and see you. I have living at the Garden of Allah. Yours, Scott Fitzgerald.” The writer of The Great Gatsby was living at the Garden of Allah in 1938, drowning in debt, struggling with alcoholism and the demands of screenwriting in Hollywood; he was flailing to bang out a draft for The Last Tycoon while his wife, Zelda, was rotting in a dank sanatarium back east. He justified the then costly $400 a month rent as a “business expense.” He was, in actuality, living and working under a dark, Scotch-laden hedonistic cloud. After a late night binge, Fitzgerald crawled a hundred yards from his bungalow to the front desk. The horrified clerk asked if a doctor was in order. Fitzgerald gasped in protest, “No doctor. Just get me somewhere where I can die in peace!” (Fitzgerald, subsequently,...

Vintage Photos of the Garden of Allah Hotel part one

Garden of Allah Photos 

8152 Sunset Boulevard, early 1900s: The mansion, then owned by real estate baron W.H. Hay, had forty rooms, with floors of teak, and richly carved decorations in rosewood and pale mahogany. In 1918, he leased the estate to famed Russian silent screen actress Madame Alla Nazimova, who named it The Garden of Alla. Beguiling movie audiences with her emotive performances in movies like Salome and Blood and Sand, the dark beauty was one of the highest-paid film stars of the era. She paid $50,000 for a 90-year lease on the three-and-a-half acres when Hollywood was still a small town with undeveloped tracts and plenty of dirt roads. Nazimova immediately commissioned a state-of-the-art swimming pool shaped like the Black Sea—then the biggest pool in Hollywood, and, of course, a nod to her native Yalta.

Alla Nazimova

Though nominally married, Nazimova was one of a small subculture of Hollywood actresses who were, in fact, lesbian or bisexual....

Garden of Allah Hotel History and Photos

Garden of Allah Hotel History & Photos

The Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights Ave. was, not only famous, but also infamous for the publicity it received as one of Hollywood’s hotels. 

Built in a Spanish-Moorish style of architecture, it derived its name not from Islam but from stage and screen actress Alla Nazimova, its original owner. Originally known as The Garden of Alla, it was a mansion at 8080 Sunset Boulevard, built in 1919. It became notorious for the wild parties allegedly held there by the openly lesbian Nazimova. As her acting career declined, Nazimova built a complex of 25 villas around the main building in 1927 and was located at 8152 Sunset Boulevard. Apparently, the cost of construction overran the original estimate that it put Nazimova in th poorhouse By the time she had completed remodeling the house and adding the bungalow complex in 1928 she was bankrupt and forced...

Garden of Allah Hotel Photos

GARDEN OF ALLAH HOTEL

The Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights Ave. was, not only famous, but also infamous for the publicity it received as one of Hollywood’s hotels. 

Built in a Spanish-Moorish style of architecture, it derived its name not from Islam but from stage and screen actress Alla Nazimova, its original owner. Originally known as The Garden of Alla, it was a mansion at 8080 Sunset Boulevard, built in 1919. It became notorious for the wild parties allegedly held there by the openly lesbian Nazimova.

As her acting career declined, Nazimova built a complex of 25 villas around the main building in 1927 and was located at 8152 Sunset Boulevard. Though Nazimova later sold the property, she continued to live in one of the villas on the grounds.

The Garden of Allah became home to many celebrities...

Garden of Allah Hotel Photos

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Garden of Allah

The Garden of Allah was a famous hotel and apartment complex in West Hollywood, California, on Sunset Boulevard between Crescent Heights and Havenhurst, at the east end of the Sunset Strip.

Built in a Spanish-Moorish style of architecture, the hotel was named Garden of Alla by screen actress Alla Nazimova, its original owner. Later, with the letter “h” added to the name, (Garden  of Allah)  it was a single mansion at 8080 Sunset Boulevard, built in 1919. It became notorious for the wild parties allegedly held there by the openly lesbian Nazimova. The name was officially changed to the Garden of Allah Hotel

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