Monthly Archives: April 2012

Happy 100th Birthday to a Grand Old Lady – The Beverly Hills Hotel!

A century ago, an almost absurdly large hotel rose up virtually overnight out of a former bean field in a place considered by many to be just somewhere between here and there. That place was Beverly Hills and although writers today … Continue reading

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My Two Cents Worth on an $11,250,000 Mansion

It’s so funny, for a long time now I’ve been wanting to do a short and sweet little feature on some of the many historic homes currently for sale around the Southland and I specifically did not want to get into … Continue reading

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A Very Built John De Lario in Hollywoodland

In my last post I noted that I like being right. Conversely, you may assume that I do not like being wrong. BUT here’s a case where I’m actually glad to be wrong. (Make note, this probably won’t happen again!) … Continue reading

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Have You Tried the Cinema Gumbo? It’s Delicious!

Last fall when one of my favorite people told me they were going to dive into the blogosphere and start their own site I was thrilled because I knew whatever they were going to do, no matter what the subject, would … Continue reading

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Blessed Buildings – St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral

After last Easter Sunday’s post on some early Hollywood churches, I realized I was merely scratching the surface when it came to the many beautiful and historic churches and synagogues found throughout Southern California. There are so many of them, … Continue reading

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Cool in Concrete – Old Hollywood’s Concrete Bungalows

A century ago there was a great deal of excitement over the possibilities of using concrete to build houses – not just for foundations but for the whole house itself. After all, what was there not to like about concrete? … Continue reading

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How Could You Not “Like” Marsha Hunt?

A little while back I wrote on this blog that two great producers, Roger C. Memos and Richard Adkins, are currently working on a documentary on the amazing life of the amazing Marsha Hunt called Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity. I … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday in Sodom – Some Early Churches of Hollywood

In 1922, the Central Christian Advocate of Kansas City wrote with presumed and unquestioned authority that, “The reputation of Sodom and Gomorrah cannot be lower than Hollywood.” Of course they weren’t alone in this breathless pronouncement. Sinful Hollywood was being … Continue reading

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This Week’s Mystery House Comes with a Little Bit of Tragedy…

For this week’s “House of Mystery,” we have another case of knowing the “who” but not the “where” and we are calling out to the brilliant Paradise Leased detectives to crack the case and solve the riddle of where this … Continue reading

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Rotogravure Sunday – Studebaker Edition

As a teenager Paul G. Hoffman (1891-1974) lived out every boy’s fantasy by becoming a daredevil racecar driver. The son of an inventor, Hoffman was fascinated by the mechanical and he was so taken by these wonderous machines he decided … Continue reading

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