Color photos of the Hollywood Hotel (at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave, 1902 to 1956) are out there, but there aren’t too many of them. From the look of the cars parked in the driveway, I’d say this is from the 1940s, by which time the hotel was on its long slow slide downward. It failed to keep up with the Joneses—other hotels like the Roosevelt, the Chateau Marmont, and the Garden of Allah did a better job. But still, there’s something this place that makes me wish it could have been saved. How much more atmospheric Hollywood would be if it were still around.
“The Poinsettia, California’s Christmas Flower” – Hollywood Hotel postcard, circa 1920s: