Hollywood Wilshire YMCA


Hollywood Branch YMCA


Hollywood YMCA


 Hollywood Wilshire YMCA

1553 N. Schrader Blvd.

Hollywood, California



YMCA groundbreaking - LAPL

 Groundbreaking for the Hollywood Branch YMCA May 15, 1923 (LAPL)



By Allan R. Ellenberger


 The Young Mens Christian  Association in Hollywood broke ground at 1 pm on May 15, 1923 for the first unit of the Hollywood Branch YMCA building at Selma and Hudson Streets (now Schrader Blvd.).


Chairman W. J. Palmer assigned the honor of turning the first shovelful of earth to Dr. William H. Snyder, principal of Hollywood High School, and member of the committee of management of the Hollywood YMCA. He was followed by A. J. Walllace, ex-Lieutenant-Governor: W. S. Hunkins, chairman of the building committee, and F. E. Eckhart, president of the Los Angeles YMCA.


Rev. Samuel J. Skevington of Hollywood Baptist Church, expressed sentiments of solicitation and thankfulness in the invocation. He was followed by General Secretary Harry F. Henderson, who voice the hope that this spot would mark the rallying place for the boyhood of Hollywood, “in whose hands is the future of this community.”


The first phase of the building was officially dedicated on February 19, 1923 at 8 pm. F. E. Eckhart presided and Willsie Martin, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Hollywood, delivered the address and the Hollywood High School Orchestra provided the music.



YMCA 1930s

 Hollywood YMCA (1928 addition) in the early 1930s (LAPL)



 Hollywood YMCA - today

 Hollywood Wilshire YMCA as it looks today



Hollywood YMCA entrance




Hollywood YMCA




Hollywood YMCA-balcony



Hollywood YMCA 1928 cornerstone

The cornerstone for the 1928 addition of the Hollywood YMCA



Hollywood YMCA




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7 Responses to “Hollywood Wilshire YMCA”

  1. Landman says:

    Thank God this Gem is still standing and in such good condition. All too many of these treasures have been knocked down for an ugly parking lot, or replaced by a horrible cheap building with no appeal. Thanks Allan for giving these buildings “press” so it will make us aware of these wonderful buildings. Let these buildings stand forever!!

  2. Andre says:

    Were the Village People inspired by this particular building? Or its NY equivalent?
    I don’t think so. According to the songs composer, it was written in Vancouver BC and I’ve never seen a connection anywhere.

  3. Scott Michaels says:

    Allan, as usual – great information. Thank you for your hard work and research. It is appreciated.
    Thanks Scott 🙂

  4. Annie Dyess says:

    I currently work at this YMCA. The inside architecture, is just as amazing. If you would like a tour inside let me know. Thanks for the information..
    Thanks Annie, that would be great. I’ll contact you. — Allan

  5. Landman says:

    And Allan, if you do tour the YMCA, please take some indoor pictures if you are allowed to. I will bet it is beautiful inside. Thanks Allan.

  6. Norris Lineweaver says:

    All the Historic Preservation Committee meetings for the CRA Redevelopment of Hollywood took place at the Hollywood YMCA. All the historic buildings in Hollywood were chronicled and prepared for registration in the Chapel entered from the front lobby. Also the detailed text for the redevelopment of Hollywood subsequently approved by the Los Angeles City Council in 1986 was written in the same room. While it is important to preserve buildings with character, it is more important to advance the character of the community they serve.

  7. Matthew H. Davidson says:

    Beautiful page—now *spark it up* with some interior shots, especially the *pool*.
    I learned how to swim here in the mid-1950s, and participated in activities for youngsters: we used to camp out in Griffith Park.
    I know this will sound laughable to the *young set*, for whom the 1950s have become a cultural-political pinata, but L.A. was the *best place in the U.S.A.* to grow up in the 1950s.
    I was born in Silverlake @ Cedars Of Lebanon Hospital, now the Scientology Celebrity Center[*hawk-ptoo*]—*is Kirstie Alley in the room where my mom first held me ?* I can’t bear witness to this.
    Many of us born in L.A. immediately after WWII have moved elsewhere [I live in Dutchess County New York] over the years, but I can speak for most of us when I say that I wouldn’t trade my 1950s L.A. childhood for anything.
    Best city to be a kid in back then, be sure of that.

    And may God be praised !

    Cheers !

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