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Vintage Garden of Allah Hotel Photo

Garden of Allah Hotel photo

The Garden of Allah Hotel was locaated on Sunset Boulevard at the intersection of Crescent Heights Blvd. Silent screen actress, Alla Nazimova, paid $50,000 for a ninty-nine year lease for a spanish style home at 8150 Sunset Blvd., with three and one half acres of tropical plants, ferns and fruit trees. after months of construction to build thwenty-five villas or bungalows around the pool, Ms. Nazimova's Garden of Allah Hotel opened its doors on January 9, 1927. An eighteen hour party took place to celebrate the new hotel's opening. The great depression and wall street's crash took Alla Nazimova's hotel and fortune. In her last years she was ill and stopped acting. She passed away in 1945. Visit hollywoodphotographs.com to view more Garden of Allah photos.

Photo of the Garden of Hotel

The Garden of Allah Hotel was patronized by some of Hollywood's most famous and glamorous movie stars. Celebrities such as Clara Bow, John Barrymore, Samuel Goldwyn, Marlene Dietrich, and many other stars were frequent guests of the Garden of Allah Hotel. In the thirty-two years of its life, the Garden of Allah Hotel witnessed robbery, murder, drunkeness, dispair, pranks, fights, suicides and other events. Among those who frequently stayed aat the famous hotel included Errol Flynn, Shelila Graham, Robert Benchley, Ginger Rogers, Gilbert Rowland, Ramon Navarro and others. This interior photo is from the hollywoodphotographs.com website. All photographs are available for purchase.

Vintage Garden of Allah Hotel photo

The Garden of Allah Hotel's pool area was the site of many of the hotel's lavish and wild parties. Because of the hotel's popularity, it wasn't uncommon to see tourist and movie fans lining the street just to get a glimpse of their favorite star. By the 1940s and early '50s, the Garden of Allah Hotel had such a questionable reputation that many personalities no longer wished to stay there. In 1959, after years of operating in the red, the hotel property was sold to Lytton Savings and Loan. Before closing its doors, the hotel and one final and lavish party. Three hundred and fifty guest were invited including Frances X. Bushman and his wife, Iva, who attended the original christining party in 1927. Most of the starlets were scantily dressed, hoping to catch a producer's eye.Tthe day after the party, the fixtures and furnishings were sold at public auction. This photo is from the hollywoodphotographs.com website. 

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