Hollywood Hotel, corner Hollywood and Highland, in color, circa 1940s

Hollywood Hotel, corner Hollywood and Highland, in color, circa 1940sColor 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:

The Poinsettia, California’s Christmas Flower, circa 1920s, from Newman Postcard Co. in Los Angeles taken at the Hotel Hollywood

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3 Responses to Hollywood Hotel, corner Hollywood and Highland, in color, circa 1940s

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    Martin, I could give you a hug! LOVE this color shot of the front of the beautiful grand ole gal. I’m wondering if this was taken in the late afternoon with the sun forcefully hitting the awing, the sun-dappled very green lawn, shade-cloaked palms, and of course those vintage (modern then) ’40s cars! Love everything about this pic except the fact that the ground it was sitting on no longer is blessed with the Hollywood Hotel. Like you, I have always felt she was disrespected in that she was allowed to slide downhill so far until apparently nothing would do except to get rid of her. 🙁 Shame on Hollywood not to save its own namesake!

    I’m saving this pic and may use it sometime as a screen saver.

    Thanks again!

    Jean

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    Love the colorful pointsettia postcard you added, Martin.

    Oh, how I’d love to have strolled these walkways at the grand ole gal:

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/57/95/5f/57955fbcd3e050df86819ab807ababa7.jpg

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean

  3. Al Donnelly says:

    Above the name sign is a cast-in crest for the hotel. Anyway to enlarge it? It might be on the lost china service which has not been identified yet. There’s gotta be something left of this venerable establishment out there.