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 few weeks. We’ve been away with a big book project that has just been completed. We then took a few days off for a nervous breakdown and a few more for a drinking binge so we are now getting ready to pick up where we left off with new stories of old Hollywood/Southern California and the West for your enjoyment and amusement. Even as we speak, the ladies are busy pulling the files so there will be new doings soon enough. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with. I just wish they’d hurry up.
For the many who wrote in asking about our whereabouts we heartily thank you for your kind words and patience. And thank you to the more than a quarter of a million people who dropped in to visit our little site last year alone.
In the interim, please enjoy this fabulous 1906 postcard view of Hollywood in the days of my strapping youth before those “flicker” people came in and ruined everything. It was taken from the parapet of the grand old Hotel Hollywood and is showing the view west of Highland towards La Brea (Plummer back then). The house marked with an “X” is at the corner of Hillside and Pine, today’s El Centro. The Mission/Dutch hybrid house in the immediate foreground was @ 135 Olive Drive, which by 1913 had been renumbered/renamed 1735 Orchid Avenue. It was one of early, early Hollywood’s show places and home to Hollywood realtor C.H. (Charles Howard) Lippincott and family. Born in Sherard, Illinois, Lippincott had been paymaster of the Rock Island and Peoria Railroad before seeking his fortunes in Hollywood in 1905. It was in that young community that he became one of its most prominent citizens. Lippincott joined all the right clubs and was a member of the Los Angles Country Club and the Jonathan Club. He was also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Realty Board as well as being a member of the Commandry of the Knights Templar and the Al Malaikah Temple of the Shrine. In 1898, he had married the fetching Nellie M. Stephens, daughter of a founder of the Moline Plow Company. He died in 1931 @ 63 after an illness of several months. By that time, the Lippincotts had long moved away from the Olive house and over to 1853 North Harvard. Here’s a better view of the Olive house with Mrs. Lippincott and children in front of the home.
Long gone, of course.
Also, visible in the postcard is an unusual Mission-esque house with a second story viewing tower on the right hand side. Originally numbered 184 Orange Drive, this historic property is one of Hollywood’s oldest, most historic houses. It was built ca. 1900 and was later (1924-38) the home of silent screen star Conway Tearle. For decades, it has been the headquarters of the American Society of Cinematographers and it truly is a great Hollywood treasure. The present address is 1782-4 North Orange Drive @ Franklin, just across from the Holly Chateau/Magic Castle.
Stay tuned. We’re coming back, ready or not!