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Vintage Hollywood Hotel Photos

Vintage Photographs of Hollywood Hotels

The website has the largest number of vintage photographs of Hollywood hotels. There are more than 200 historical images of famous Hollywood hotels, including the Garden Court, the Plaza Hotel, the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel and the Christie hotel.

Hollywood Hotel

The Pass Hotel

The first hotel was built in the early 1870s and was the first oasis on the long road north from Los Angeles. Known as the Pass Hotel or the

Eight-Mile House, it was located on the east side of the Cahuenga Pass and had a total station next to the hotel. For those weary travelers traveling north or south through the cooling to pass, the hotel was a welcome relief from the long days journey. The hotel was taken over by Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell, who in about 1900, pass the torch to Mr. Gorman. It was largely a rebuilt, unpainted, two-story wooden structure of the Monterey type. Photographs of this historic hotel bar on the website.


The Sackett Hotel

The first real hotel in the Cahuenga Valley was built in 1887 by Horace D Sackett. Mr. Sackett purchased 3 sixty-five foot lots at Prospect Avenue and Cahuenga Avenue and built a three-story building, known as the Sacket Hotel. It became the overnight and breakfast spot for visitors from the north, as well as a hangout for the valleys bachelors. In November, 1897, Hollywood's first post office was established with its headquarters in the Sackett hotel. Mr. Linnaeus Matthews, who was designated as the first postmaster, was later succeeded by Mr. Philo J Beveridge, with Mary Sackett as assistant postmaster. They handled the mail until 1906 when the post office was relocated. Thus, the name of Hollywood became official.

The Hollywood Hotel

One of Hollywood's most popular hotels was the Hollywood Hotel on the north west corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Mr. G. W. Hoover acquired the property and began construction in 1902. The first unit of 25 rooms of the Hollywood Hotel was completed in February, 1903. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Hoover sold the property to Martha Stewart and Mrs. M. J. Anderson, who very capably operated the hotel until May 1904, when they deeded it to the Hollywood Hotel company for $46,000. One of the larger stockholders of the newly formed company was Myra Hershey, a wealthy member of the Pennsylvania chocolate candy bar family. She took over the management of the hotel and in April, 1905, an additional 50 rooms were constructed. By 1907, Mrs. Hershey had acquired all the stock of the Hollywood hotel company, who in turn placed the deed in her name. A few months later, in 1908, she added an additional 50 rooms, bringing the total number 125 rooms.

During the ensuing years, the hotel became the social center of Hollywood.". The hotel register boasted of such celebrities as Dustin and William Farnum, Pola Negri, Lon Chaney, and Rudolph Valentino. Mr. Valentino had to show his marriage license before he could carry his first bride, Jean Acker, to their mystical chamber.

Many of the great silent made their home at the hotel. They attended the celebrated weekly dances held each Thursday in the crystal chandelier ballroom. Gold stars were painted on the ceiling to designate those who regularly dined there. It was at the Hollywood Hotel in 1909, that Carrie Jacobs wrote her famous song, “the end of a perfect day.”

When Miss Hershey passed away in 1930, she left the hotel to her heirs who later sold it to C.F. Toberman in 1947. Concurrently, he deeded it to his grown children, Homer Toberman, Jeanette Fletcher and Catherine Torrence.


The Garden of Allah Hotel

one of Hollywood's most famous, or infamous, hotel/apartment complexes was the Garden of Allah Hotel at 8150 Sunset Boulevard. Built in 1921 by the popular actress, Alla Nazimova, the hotel opened with an 18 hour party. Entertained by troubadours playing music next to the pool, the many guest were treated to a wonderful and lavish dinner.

When the Great Depression struck, Miss Nazimova lost all of the money she put into the hotel. The popular hotel was sold but Miss Nazimova continued to live on the property. After her death, in 1945, the hotel continued to cater to some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities. However, for the next few years, the hotel began to develop a rather negative reputation. In its 32 year years of existence, the Garden of Allah Hotel witnessed robberies, murders, drunkenness, orgies and suicide. By the 1940s the Garden of Allah Hotel gain such a questionable reputation that many celebrities and personalities no longer wished to stay there. In the 1950s, after operating without a profit, the Garden of Allah Hotel was sold to Lytton Savings and Loan who demolished the hotel in order to erect a new bank building. However, the Garden of Allah did not go without a whimper. It had opened with the party and it ended with one. 350 guest were invited but close to 1000 came to impersonate the people who had been glamorous stars when the garden had opened. Many vintage photos of the Garden of Allah Hotel can be found and viewed on the website


Roosevelt Hotel

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a Spanish-style hotel located on the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, in the heart of Hollywood. Named after Theodore Roosevelt and financed by a group including Charles Toberman, it first opens its doors on May 15, 1927. It cost $2.5 million to complete this 12 story building which holds 300 rooms and suites. Just a week before the hotel's opening, Grauman's Chinese theater held its great opening, located across the street from the hotel.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hosted the presentation of the first Academy Awards in 1929 inside its Blossom Ballroom. Later ceremonies were much larger than this banquet for 250, so there was never an attempt to host the awards at the hotel. Today, the hotel is still very popular with the many tourist who come to Hollywood to see where movies are made.

The website also has vintage and historical photos of many other Hollywood buildings, including the Brown Derby restaurant, the Hollywood Canteen and the Pantages Theater.  All of the photographs on the website are available for purchase.

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