Category Archives: Central Hollywood

Paradise Leased is Creaking Back to Life

A message from our founder… If there’s still anyone out there who may care after all these months, we here @ PL wanted you to know that Paradise Leased is going to start coming back to life over the next … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Plaza – Hollywood’s Forgotten Luxury Hotel

When Jacob Stern rented half of his barn to Cecil B. De Mille in December of 1913 so the enterprising young easterner could make a movie, he could not possibly have known that it was a decision that was to … Continue reading

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Blessed Buildings – Hollywood’s Historic First Presbyterian Church

For this installment of Blessed Buildings, we feature one of Hollywood’s most notable historic churches – the First Presbyterian @ 1760 North Gower Street. The Presbyterians were Hollywood pioneers, coming here the same year Hollywood gained it’s brief cityhood in … Continue reading

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Paradise for Sale – A Few Interesting Southland Homes on the Market

For a very long time now I’ve wanted to highlight on the blog some of the historic properties that come up for sale in Southern California, but ADD has long gotten in the way. But since we are in lockdown … 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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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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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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