Monthly Archives: April 2011

Beautiful Magazine Art – The Architectural Digest 1925

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The House(s) That Jack Built Part III

Princess Mae and Her House of Horrors… In July 1926, about seven weeks after her quickly arranged purchase, Mae Murray officially took possession of 13047 San Vicente. At first glance, everything seemed to be just fine. It wasn’t. To say … Continue reading

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The House(s) That Jack Built Part II

Sorry for the absence of posts, but it was a CRAZY week this last week… And now we continue with the amazing story of Jack Donovan and his equally amazing houses, which began with my post from last week. It’s … Continue reading

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A Fantastic New Blog!!!

When my friend John Bengtson told me he was thinking about doing a blog called Silent Locations I couldn’t wait to see it! John has been my hero ever since he wrote the absolutely amazing SILENT ECHOES (Santa Monica Press) … Continue reading

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The House(s) That Jack Built – Part I

Over the next few weeks I’m hoping to do a few posts on some fascinating Jacks – Jack Pickford, Jack London and Jack Donovan. Let’s start with Jack Donovan, a larger than life fellow whose incredible story deserves far more than … Continue reading

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A Death in the Afternoon – Sad Fade Out on Afton Place

Located down the tree-lined Hollywood side street of Afton Place in Central Hollywood is a quiet little Spanish-styled building at 6230 called The Aftonian. A pleasant but innocuous building of modest scope, the Aftonian exemplifies the countless similarly planned structures that … Continue reading

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The Hollywood That Never Was – The Immense Hollywood-California Hotel

If all the grand schemes for development in the 1920’s had come to fruition, Hollywood would have been literally covered by a group of gigantic luxury hotels, each vying to out-colossal the other in over-the-top grandeur and sheer vastness in … Continue reading

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