Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood Heritage’

Hollywood Heritage Needs Your Help…

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Hollywood Heritage logo

P.O. Box 2586. Hollywood, CA 90078 / (323) 874-4005

www.hollywoodheritage.org – FAX: (323) 465-5993

 

 

Urgent memo to: Members, supporters and friends of Hollywood Heritiage, Inc.:

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE WATTLES MANSION

 

By now you are all aware of the attempt by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks to evict Hollywood Heritage, Inc. from The Wattles Mansion and Gardens (1907). Now that so much of the “hard work” has been done to restore and save the house and grounds, they want it back. However, their plans for the property appear vague and they refuse to share them with us or anyone else. What will become of this restored and historic gem?

 

Since 1983, we have restored, maintained and funded this Cultural Monument at our cost, amounting to over $2,500,000. We have more to do and want to continue our restoration. The actions by the Department have disgraced Hollywood Heritage, Inc. and gravely tarnished our image and reputation for no reason.

 

We urgently need your help now.

 

Please send a letter (via the US mail) in support of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. to Mayor Villaraigosa at the mailing addresses supplied. He needs to know about our hard work and the potential huge maintenance costs the City will take on if Hollywood Heritage leaves – this, at a time when there is little or no money in the city budget. If this Hollywood treasure is not properly maintained, all of our hard work could be lost! The Mayor has the power to overrule this eviction and has done so in the past for a very similar situation.

 

We need as many letters of support as possible. Please encourage your friends and family members to write letters too. We CAN prevail with YOUR help.

 

Please write NOW, and mail copies as supplied or email a copy to:

 

I sincerely thank you for your time and your continued support.

 

Stephen X. Sylvester

Executive Director

The Wattles Mansion and Gardens

 

PS: For complete information on this entire issue, please visit our website @ www.hollywoodheritage.org or call 323/874-4005.

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I encourage everyone reading this to write to Mayor Villaraigosa and the city council to ask them to stop the eviction proceedings of Hollywood Heritage from Wattles Mansion. If you love Hollywood – whether you live in Los Angeles, the state of California, or anywhere in the United States and the world, the Mayor needs to hear from you so that the preservation of Wattles Mansion and other endangered buildings in Hollywood can continue. For a brief biography of Gurdon W. Wattles and the history of Wattles Mansion, you can read Part One of my article that appeared in the May 2006 issue of the Hollywood Heritage NewsletterGurdon Wallace Wattles. Also, please leave your comments on this blog. Thank you.

— Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Please send your letter of suport to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and send copies to the following people and addresses:

 

MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 303

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 978-0600

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CC:

COUNCILMAN TOM LABONGE

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 480

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 485-3337

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CC:

COUNCILMAN ERIC GARCETTI

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 470

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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CC:

MR. JON KIRK MUKRI

Department Recreation and Parks

1200 W. 7th Street, Suite 748

Los Angeles, CA 90017

 

And please send a copy to Hollywood Heritage:

STEPHEN X. SYLVESTER

The Wattles Mansion

1824 N. Curson Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90046

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CONTACT ME: Hollywoodland23@aol.com

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Haunted Hollywood…

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Hollywood Heritage logo

 

Hollywood Heritage
EVENINGS @ THE BARN return for the 2008/2009 season
with a Halloween theme:HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD
Wednesday October 22, 2008.  7:30 PM      

 

Hollywood Heritage President Marc Wanamaker will be your guide to hauntings in Hollywood! Based on his 1994 book, Hollywood Haunted, co-authored with Laurie Jacobsen, the evening will be a photographic “tour” of sites in Hollywood that were and are reportedly “haunted.” 

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Marc will explain how such research is done, what true haunted sites are, and which are bogus.  Using historical photographs, the presentation will include movie studios, theaters, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and other Hollywood locations.

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There will also be two short films with a “haunted” theme: The First Round Up (a spooky Our Gang comedy short) and a 1931 documentary Ghosts of Hollywood – a tour of abandoned silent-era movie studios.  You don’t have to believe in ghosts to enjoy this GHOSTLY evening!

Hollywood Pantages Theatre lobby, 1931    Hollywood Heritage Museum    Douglas Fairbanks Studios, 1920.

(Pictured above, left to right:  Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 1931 ** Hollywood Heritage Museum/Lasky – DeMille Barn ** Douglas Fairbanks Studios, 1920).

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Haunted Hollywood will be presented in the
HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM in the
Lasky-DeMille Barn

(across from the Hollywood Bowl)
2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068
Hollywood Heritage Members:  $5.  Non-Members:  $8
FREE PARKING!  Refreshments available.

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Hollywood Heritage Support…

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Support Hollywood Heritage!

 

(Hollywood Heritage)

 

The City of Los Angeles has presented Hollywood Heritage with an eviction notice on Wattles Mansion and Gardens (see Los Angeles Times article that follows this post), a historic landmark that has been preserved and maintained by Hollywood Heritage for 20 years.

 

To read their press release reponse to the Los Angeles Times article, click HERE

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To view the brochure that documents the restoration efforts of Hollywood Heritage at Wattles, click HERE (PDF file)

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IF YOU SUPPORT HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE’S CONTINUED STEWARDSHIP OF WATTLES MANSION and GARDENS:  Please:

 

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Hollywood Heritage Receives Eviction Notice…

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

L.A. orders Hollywood preservation group out of mansion

 

 

City says Hollywood Heritage ignored rules and rented out the Wattles Mansion for disruptive parties. The organization denies the events are a nuisance and says the eviction notice was a shock.

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By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

 

NOTE: The following is from an Los Angeles Times article from September 20, 2008. A response from Hollywood Heritage follows on this blog and you can also check it out at their website, http://www.hollywoodheritage.org/

 

Hollywood’s leading preservation group has been ordered out of the community’s most prominent historic estate for allegedly ignoring city rules and renting out the mansion for disruptive parties.

 

Hollywood Heritage has supervised the famed Wattles Mansion for 25 years under an exclusive agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The city purchased the mansion for about $2 million in 1968.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Rudolph Valentino’s 113th Birthday…

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Rudolph Valentino

 

 Rudolph Valentino and his wife, Natacha Rambova

 

BORN: May 6, 1895, Castellaneta, Italy
DIED: August 23, 1926, New York, New York

 

TUESDAY, May 6, is Rudolph Valentino’s 113th birthday. To celebrate you may want to pay homage to your idol this week at the following five Valentino places of interest.

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1. Walk of Fame Star, 6164 Hollywood Boulevard, south side between Argyle and El Centro Avenue.

 

 

Rudolph Valentino’s star on the “Walk of Fame” was one of the original 1,500 installed in 1959. The spot where his Star is located was at one time the front entrance to the Hastings Hotel (formerly the Regent), built in 1925 by producer Al Christie on land where, many years earlier, he had filmed one of the first movies made in Hollywood. The hotel was badly damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and was demolished. The site is now a parking lot used for the Pantages Theatre and nearby subway.

 

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 2. Hollywood High School Mural, southeast corner of Orange Street and Hawthorn Avenue.

 

 

 

Located on the west side of Hollywood High School (1521 North Highland Avenue) is a large mural of Valentino in profile as The Sheik in full headdress blowing in the wind. Until the 1930s, the Hollywood High School athletic teams were known as The Crimson (in emulation of Harvard). It was around this time that a newspaper journalist wrote an article about one of the school’s teams and nicknamed them The Sheiks after “the brave warrior-lover hero in the Rodolf [sic] Valentino film classic of the 1920s.” After the article was printed, the school adopted the name, and they have remained “the Sheiks of Hollywood High” ever since. To view the mural travel south on Orange Street from Hollywood Boulevard. The mural is just past Hawthorn Avenue and overlooks the school’s football field.

 

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 3. De Longpre Park, south side of De Longpre Avenue between Cherokee Avenue and June Street.

 

Statue of Aspiration at De Longpre Park

  

Developed in 1924 for $66,000, De Longpre Park is named after painter Paul De Longpre, whose celebrated home at Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga Avenue was the first tourist attraction in Hollywood. On May 5, 1930 (Valentino’s 35th birthday), at twelve o’clock in De Longpre Park, actress Dolores del Rio drew back a velvet curtain to reveal the bronze figure of a man with face uplifted. The statue, entitled “Aspiration,” was designed by sculptor Roger Noble Burham and was paid for with contributions from fans and admirers. The inscription reads: “Erected in the Memory of Rudolph Valentino 1895 – 1926. Presented by his friends and admirers from every walk of life — in all parts of the world, in appreciation of the happiness brought to them by his cinema portrayals.”

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 4. Lasky-De Mille Barn, 2100 Highland Avenue (across from the Hollywood Bowl).

 

 

The Lasky-De Mille Barn is presently home to the Hollywood Heritage Museum. At one time this simple wood-frame structure was part of Famous Players-Lasky’s studio, and stood on the southeast corner of Vine Street and Selma Avenue. Built in 1895, the barn was where The Squaw Man (1914), the first full-length motion picture filmed in Hollywood by Cecil B. De Mille, was shot. Valentino would certainly have used this building at different times during his tenure at the studio. There are also Valentino artifacts on display in the museum courtesy of Valentino collectors, Tracy Ryan Terhune and Stella Grace. For information on visiting the barn and museum, call (323) 874-2276 or (323) 874-4005.

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5. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, south side between Gower Street and Van Ness Avenue.

 

Rudolph Valentino\'s crypt

 

Founded in 1899, the former Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery is the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino. It is also the site of the annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service held each year on August 23 at 12:10 P.M., the time of his death in New York. Valentino’s crypt, borrowed from his friend June Mathis who is lying in the crypt next to his, is located in the Cathedral Mausoleum, Crypt 1205. As you enter the mausoleum, walk to the back and take the last corridor to the left. Follow that to the end and make a right and walk toward the stained glass window. Valentino’s crypt is the last one on the left at eye level.