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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

Bungalows Built

As her acting career declined, Nazimova built a complex of 25 bungalows around the main building in 1927. The complex had the address of 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 Hotel became home to many celebrities and literary figures. F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there for several months in 1937-38 at the beginning of his final sojourn in Hollywood Humorist/actor Robert Benchley was a frequent resident. Fitzgerald's biographer and lover Sheilah Graham later wrote a book about the place called The Garden of

eLytton Savings

Like so many landmark buildings in Hollywood, it was torn down in June 1959 and replaced by a Lytton Savings and Loan.  Today it is a small strip mall.

To see great photographs of the Garden of Allah, visit the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.

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