Over the last few years I have been amazed by the incredible and ever-growing collection of local/regional history books put out by Arcadia Publishing. This is a truly remarkable series of literally hundreds of titles that have brought forward tons of images, many of which have never before been published. These books have not only been a great treat for local history buffs they have also shed light on many fascinating but overlooked aspects of history. The diversity and specificity of these titles is just astounding. Looking for a book on the lakes and parks of the Granite State? You’re in luck. How about one on the Jews in Rhode Island 1658-1958? Yep. Conshohocken in vintage postcards? Yes indeed. Wilmington’s waterfront? Got it.
Southern California and Hollywood have not been neglected by this series either and now I’m thrilled to announce that as of today Arcadia is releasing HOLLYWOODLAND as part of its Images of America series. And I know it’s going to be a good one because it has been put together by my friend Mary Mallory and Hollywood Heritage. Mary is both passionate and extremely knowledgeable about her subject and this is readily apparent on every page of HOLLYWOODLAND. And the photographs are spectacular!
The Hollywoodland district is really one of the greatest treasures Hollywood has to offer both historically and architecturally. From the iconic sign atop Mount Lee on downwards to Moby’s “Wolf’s Lair,” Madonna’s former “Castillo Del Lago,” to Bela Lugosi’s houses on Westshire, Hollywoodland is a repository of beautiful and historic homes designed by a number of the region’s best architects and designers particularly the exceptional John De Lario who designed so many of Hollywoodland’s finest homes. But he was far from alone. Nestled throughout the winding streets of Hollywoodland there can be found homes by such legendary architectural practicioners as Walter S. and F. Pierpont Davis, Richard Neutra and Carl Lindbom, but there are also some great designs by lesser known builders as well such as Kenneth Kahn and Ben Sherwood. And, of course, from the time of its opening in 1923, Hollywoodland has been and continues to remain a haven for Hollywood stars, writers, directors, producers and every other creative type.
Hollywoodland is the quintessential Hollywood neighborhood and it deserves to get the full star treatment. And now it does with HOLLYWOODLAND. Here’s the link to Arcadia and one for Amazon too. AND, if you haven’t joined Hollywood Heritage yet – what are you waiting for? You will be glad you did and you will be helping to preserve and honor the incredible history that could only be found in a place called Hollywood.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you my favorite Hollywoodland picture. What’s the deal with that guy’s hair?!