Category Archives: Hollywood

CBS Columbia Square, northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and El Centro Avenue, c. 1940-2011

c. 1940-2011 On April 30, 1938, the Columbia Broadcasting System celebrated the opening of its new west coast headquarters at 6121 Sunset Boulevard. Officially christened as Columbia Square by the Board of Public Works, the eight-studio, three-building complex represented a … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Christian Church, 1717 North Gramercy Place, c. 1930s-2011

c. 1930s-2011 After outgrowing its previous space on Gower Street, the Hollywood Christian Church moved into its final home on Gramercy Place in 1923. Its new quarters, designed by prolific church architect Robert H. Orr, featured a majestic brick and … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Recreation Center, 2002-2011

2002-2010 Among Hollywood’s landmarks, the Streamline Moderne building at 1539 Vine Street had proven itself to be one of the most resilient and versatile. After opening in 1940 as a bowling alley named the Hollywood Recreation Center, the same building … Continue reading

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Looking north on Vine Street from Sunset Boulevard, 1953-2010

1953-2010 The top photograph shows the 1500 block of Vine Street on a hazy day in 1953, just past Hollywood’s mid-century heyday. What the montage doesn’t show is the drastic decline that plagued the neighborhood between then and now. The … Continue reading

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Looking west on Sunset Boulevard from Gower Street, 1938-2010

1938-2010 Plans to line the entire Hollywood portion of Sunset Boulevard with palm trees were brought to Los Angeles’ City Council as early as 1927. However, it was not until 1931, shortly after the Boulevard had been widened for the … Continue reading

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Hollywood Boulevard east of Cahuenga Boulevard

c. 1930s – 2010 Original photo: “Buildings along Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.” California Historical Society Collection. USC Digital Library. USC Libraries Special Collections. 27 Aug. 2010.

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