1927 newspaper article showing the Garden of Alla(h) Hotel

1927 newspaper article showing the Garden of AllahAlthough a bit grainy, this article from 1927 gives us a glimpse of what the Garden of Allah looked like in the year that it opened, back when it was called the Garden of Alla (with no “h”). The top photo is the entrance foyer with the check-in desk at the base of the stairs. The door on the right takes us to the living room, and on the left to the restaurant. The middle photo shows us the newly built villas, and the bottom photo is the restaurant. Because of the reputation that Alla Nazimova had built up for her house, the opening of it as a hotel was a newsworthy event.

The text at the bottom reads:

THE GARDEN OF ALLA – which has become famous as the Mecca for artists throughout the world, is located on the edge of Hollywood, just next door to Beverly Hills. At the top of the page we have a view of the entrance lobby with its very lovely tile stairway, each step a symphony in color harmony. The round arched doorway is carried out wherever possible. The second scene represents a fascinating little section of the courtyard. Palms and plantians cast their shadows across the silver drops of the fairy fountain in the middle of the patio. The Spanish motif is carried out throughout the furnishings, as will be noted by the wide, Spanish chairs in the dining room.

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One Response to 1927 newspaper article showing the Garden of Alla(h) Hotel

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    Love the foyer – grand, but tasteful and simple at the same time. Can you imagine the personalities treading those beautiful tile stairs and dining in the restaurant and the round-tables in the living room. I’d rent one of those courtyard villas in a heartbeat.

    Sad knowing all of this is gone – except in pictures and Martin’s work!

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean