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Hollywood Walk of Fame Repairs & Photos

Hollywood Walk of Fame Repairs

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is now getting a facelift due to damage caused by recent construction and the building of the Metro rail system that was built under the sidewalk at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.  The amount of disrepair that was allowed to continue, for years, was extensive.  Over the course of the past few years, a patchwork of repairs has been undertaken.  Patching cracks and uplifts with asphalt made the sidewalk look even worse.  Here’s a photo of a chain link fence that surrounds the area being repaired.  “Millions of people from all over the world have come to Hollywood and seen the Walk of Fame, and we want to make sure that it is still here for many future generations to enjoy,” Eric Garcetti said. “For the first time, this motion creates guidelines to preserve the Walk of Fame and keep it as the world class attraction that it is.”

Repairs of Hollywood Walk of Fame

First Stars

The original construction of the Hollywood Walk of Fame took place in 1959 and in 1960.  The first phase took place on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.  When the First Federal of Hollywood Bank building was being built, the sidewalk in front and side of the building needed to be constructed.  Hollywood pioneer, Charles E. Toberman, prevailed on the civic leaders to install the first phase of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of and at the side of his new building.  Eight celebrities had their names placed in the terrazzo sidewalk, with brass letters.  Among the eight celebrities were Joanne Woodward and Ernest Torrence. 

Dedication of Hollywood Walk of Fame Photo

Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for the primary construction of the Hollywood Walk of Fame took place in February 1960.  The plan was to build a terrazzo sidewalk that had brass stars inlaid where celebrity names could be installed.  After a year and a half of construction,1,558 stars were installed in the terrazzo sidewalk.  Since then, about 1000 additional stars have been added to the sidewalk.

Photo of the construction of Hollywood Walk of Fame

Monthly Walk of Fame Ceremonies

Almost every month, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce inducts a popular celebrity into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Once a celebrity has been selected and the date of the induction established, a location is determined. Then a terrazzo and brass star is installed in the sidewalk.  On the day of the ceremony, hundreds of celebrity fans show up to witness the induction.

Hollywood Walk of Fame Photos

Hollywoodphotographs.com website has the largest collection of Hollywood Walk of Fame photos in the world. All are available for purchase

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