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More Garden Of Allah Hotel Photos

More Garden of Allah Hotel Photos

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.

Photo of Garden of Allah Hotel

Hollywood Photograph Collection

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 most famous personalities. It wasn't long before the hotel began developing a reputation for having wild parties and orgies on its grounds. As mentioned above, many of Hollywood celebrities stayed there, whether it was for the night or for longer periods. Some of the celebrities who called the Garden of Allah hotel there home included, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, F Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway.

After a while, the hotel developed such a bad reputation, that many of its guest stopped staying there. No one wanted to have the stigma of being known as a guest of the infamous Garden of Allah.

Vintage photographs of Schwab's Pharmacy

Schwab's Pharmacy

Just to the west of the hotel was one of  Hollywood’s most famous drugstores. Schwab’s Pharmacy was founded in the early 1930’s by four Schwab brothers.  It wasn’t long before the drugstore was popular with many of Hollywood’s elite and celebrities. It had a large magazine stand where those in the entertainment industry would purchase the Hollywood Reporter and/or Daily Variety.

By the late 1940s and early 50s, the Garden of Allah had gained such a questionable reputation that many personalities no longer wish to stay there.  In addition, it didn’t have the modern conveniences that the newer and more glamorous hotels possessed. 

Rare Garden of Allah Hotel photograph

Garden of Allah Hotel Is Sold

In 1959, after years of operating in the red, the last owners of Garden of Allah, Morris Markowitz and Mrs. Beatrice Rosesus, sold the property to Lytton Savings and Loan who bought it to tear it down in order to build it home office. 

Farewell  Party

However the Garden of Allah Hotel didn’t go without a whimper. It opened with a party and it closed with one. Three hundred and fifty guest were in attendance, many to impersonate the  people who had been glamorous stars when the Garden had opened.  Francis X. Bushman and his wife Iva, were the only ones in attendance who were present at the original christening party in 1927. Most of the starlets were scantily dressed, hoping to catch a producer’s roving eye.  By midnight, the pool was full of empty liquor bottles, reminiscent of the Gardens flamboyant history.

The day after the party, the fixtures and furnishings were sold at public auction.  Errol Flynn’s bed was most sought after. Some of the former residents were also among the bidders.  When the wrecking ball demolished the Garden of Allah, it marked the end to a bit of Hollywood history which can only be found in old movie magazines.

Historic Garden of Allah Hotel photo

The famous hotel property was purchased by Lytton Savings and Loan which built it’s Hollywood Branch.

The largest collection of vintage Garden of Allah Hotel photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. The website has over 9,000 vintage photographs of Hollywood, covering more than 90 subject categories. All the photos are available for purchase.

 

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