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The Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


The Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum




By Allan R. Ellenberger


From time to time, Hollywoodland will suggest places of interest for visitors to the film capital or to those of you have lived here your entire life but have never seen some of our city’s most interesting sights.





That said, today’s suggestion is not in the vicinity of Hollywood but is still worth the eleven mile drive to Highland Park to visit the Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum. Housed in an actual 1926 police station, the museum displays historical memorabilia pertaining to the Los Angeles police department from the late 1800s to the present.


Police vehicles from several decades are on display and there are real jail cells where you can experience what it’s like being incarcerated. Permanent displays include exhibits on Patty Hearst and the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout.



 Above is a police car that was involved in the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout


Currently there is a unique limited exhibition about the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, better known as the “Black Dahlia.” Sponsored by best-selling author James Elroy, the exhibit opened to sold out tours and will close on June 16, 2012.



The museum is located at 6045 York Boulevard in Highland Park and is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.




 “Black Dahlia” afficianado, Allison Francis, examines

artifacts from the LAPD’s 1947 investigation



 The door plate, hat and gun of “Black Dahlia” investigator,

Jack Donahoe are displayed in the exhibit






The museum is housed in the 1926 police station at 6045 York Boulevard in Highland Park. It is the city’s oldest surviving police station and was designated as a Historic Cultural Monument and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



 The Highland Park Police Station circa 1930s (Los Angeles Public Library)



Exhibit at the Los Angeles Police Museum



Police uniforms down through the decades



Get “locked up”








6045 York Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90042


Monday to Friday–10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

3rd Saturday of the Month–9:00 AM to 3:00 PM






Elizabeth Short’s Hollywood…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

 The Black Dahlia

Elizabeth Short’s



Elizabeth Short

July 29, 1924 — January 15, 1947


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Today would be the 84th birthday of Elizabeth Short, best known as “The Black Dahlia.”  Her unsolved murder is still a point of interest and curiosity to people. Short spent most of the last five months of her life living in Hollywood at the following places:



6326 Lexington Avenue 


Short stayed at the Brevoort Hotel with one-time boyfriend, Gordon Fickling from August 20 to August 27, 1946.







1611 N. Orange Drive [site]


On August 28, Short stayed with friends Lynn Martin and Marjorie Graham at the Hawthorn Hotel which was located on Orange, one block south of the Roosevelt Hotel. The Hawthorn was razed many years ago; a huge apartment complex now stands on the block.




MARK HANSEN residence

6024 Carlos Avenue [site]


Short, Marjorie and another friend, Ann Toth, moved into Mark Hansen’s bungalow, which was located across from the Hollywood First Presbyterian Church at Gower and Carlos. She stayed there from October 1 to October 9, and again from October 23 through November 13, 1946. Hansen was a successful businessman and part-owner of the Florentine Gardens, which was only a few blocks from here. Hansen was briefly a suspect in Short’s muder. The site of Hansen’s bungalow is now a parking lot for the church.







5217 Hollywood Blvd.
Room 726



Room 726 at the Guardian Arms was Short’s residence from October 10 though October 22, 1946. She lived there with her friend Marjorie, and two men, Bill Robinson and Marvin Margolis. Marjorie and the two men slept in the bed while Short slept on the floor. Ann Toth later told police: “This Bill Robinson tried to take advantage of her (Short) once and he slapped her in the face and threw her out of the car. She came home crying about that. I don’t think anyone else tried anything.”










1842 N. Cherokee Avenue
Room 501


When Short moved from Hansen’s bungalow for the last time (November 13), she moved to the Chancellor and shared cramped quarters in room 501 (on the top floor) with eight roommates: Linda Rohr, Sherryl Maylond, Cheryll Haughlamb, Beverly Don’e, Pat Goff, Marion Schmidt, Dorothy Saffrom and Mary Louise Pappe. After Short’s death, the Chancellor’s landlady, Juanita Ringo, told authorities: “She came here for a room last November 13. That’s a bad day, isn’t it? She wasn’t sociable like the other girls who lived in apartment 501 with her — more the sophisticated type.” Elizabeth Short moved out of the Chancellor on December 6, 1946.






During the time that Elizabeth Short lived in Hollywood, she frequented many of the area’s restaurants and night spots, including the following: (click on images to enlarge)


1652 N. Cherokee Avenue


1623 N. Vine Street



5955 Hollywood Boulevard