The Hollywood That Never Was – Chateau Dijon

At the time of the Wall Street Crash in 1929 there were literally dozens of major projects in various stages of development throughout the Hollywood area that, had they been built would have had a dramatic and impressive effect on Hollywood’s skyline. One such project was the grand-scale Chateau Dijon Apartment-Hotel, which was slated for the corner of Sweetzer and Fountain Avenues in West Hollywood. Construction of the $520,000 project was announced in July of 1930, but before the project could formally get underway, it fell victim to the drastically changing economic times wrought by the Great Depression.

The height-limit (13 stories) Chateau Dijon was to contain 193 rooms divided into forty-four apartments, many of which would have featured stunning views of the mountains, the city and to the ocean beyond. Additionally, separate quarters for servants were to be included so that the well-to-do residents of the Chateau Dijon (and you would have had to have been very well-to-do to live there) could have their “live-in” staff without them actually having to live with them.

Guests and residents of the Chateau Dijon could also enjoy the Chateau’s elegant Supper Room, which could also be reserved by residents for their private use in the event they needed to do any large-scale entertaining without dirtying up the Aubusson carpets in their own enormous apartments. Aside from a handsomely appointed lobby there was also to be a large and sunny solarium opening out into the gardens where residents could lounge or entertain guests. The building’s design also included a separate parking structure adjacent that could accommodate forty cars.

The Chateau Dijon was designed by the firm of Hillier & Sheet who were responsible for a number of large apartment buildings and houses during the 1920’s. One of their best known buildings that did make it to completion was The Villa Rapallo @ 1201 North Crescent Heights Boulevard. Today known as Villa Italia, the $300,000 structure has been a West Hollywood landmark since its completion in 1931 and has been home to a number of famous people including silent screen legend Louise Brooks, Randolph Scott, Shelley Winters, and television’s loneliest Maytag Repairman, character actor Jesse White.

Hillier & Sheet's 1931 Villa Italia has been home to a number of famous people.

One can only imagine how many famous stars would have taken up residence at the Chateau Dijon.

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