Hollywood Hotel site


Hollywood Hotel site


(Hollywood Hotel: LAPL) 


The above photo was taken from the northeast corner of Hollywood and Highland. The Hollywood Hotel was built in 1902 with another wing added in 1905. Not long after, the hotel was bought by Mira Hershey, an heir to an Iowa lumber and farming magnate. When the movies came to Hollywood this is where everyone stayed. By the 1950s it was a run down and faded remnant of its former splendor. The Hollywood Hotel was razed in August 1956.


(PHOTO: Allan R. Ellenberger) 


Here is the same spot today taken from the same corner. The block is now the Hollywood and Highland complex and further down is the Kodak Theatre, the current home of the Academy Awards.



Tags: , , ,

13 Responses to “Hollywood Hotel site”

  1. Raymond Leary says:

    I love all your before & after pictures of old hollywood.

  2. landman says:

    Wow! What a beautiful, California style the Hollywood Hotel was. Too bad it had to be destroyed. Any information Allan as to how many rooms, fireplaces, etc it boasted? You always come up with such interesting items from back in the good old days.
    I’ll probably do a post about the Hollywood Hotel’s history at a later date. Thanks.

  3. Glenn says:

    Very cool! Also love the B&A pics…

  4. Harry Martin says:

    And if you look really close at the “then” photo, you will see someone dressed as Big Bird and Spiderman. 🙂

  5. Melissa says:

    Dear old Hollywood Hotel…where Valentino *didn’t* have his first honeymoon. :@

    LOVE this building (both wings) and so enjoy the photo you provided, Allan. My son used to work at Amoeba Records for a couple of years and I would occasionally remind him, “you should see what you’re missing.”

    Thanks so much!

  6. Terry says:

    There was a big international style office building on the corner up until Hollywood and Highland was built. This mission revival style was very popular at the time, since all the missions were being restored.

  7. Glenn t. says:

    Allan –

    Wonderful photos.

    When I got to LA there was an office building there. Obviously, also now gone…


  8. Ally Swift says:

    hmmmm…who needs a beautiful hotel when you can have yet another Gap??! W*****s.

  9. The bank building that was on this corner previously included some recording studios on the upper floors. I recorded my first record there in 1980.
    How cool is that? BTW, this is the 1,000th comment made to this Hollywoodland site since I started it two years ago. Yeah!

  10. Robbie says:

    Old Hollywood is the vision of my Heaven. I hope to go there one day.
    When I see photos of Hollywood now, compared to the former, my heart sinks.

  11. Ally Swift says:

    Heh I should have got the 1000th comment credit! I have your name on my back forever! Not fair not fair!

  12. Caroline says:

    I would LOVE to see some shots of the interior, especially the ballroom!

  13. F Peece says:

    It’s odd when you watch early hollywood, especially from the teens to 1949, and you find yourself daydreaming and yearning for that era, it must mean you lived there in a previous life.
    Like I always find myself deeply connected to the 20’s and some early 30’s…
    Would love to check out more historical builidings, the inside.

Leave a Reply