Ambassador Hotel, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, circa 1934

Ambassador Hotel, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, circa 1934I’m not sure why the Ambassador Hotel on was set so far back from Wilshire Boulevard, but at least the architects thought to provide a covered walkway to the street. I’m pegging this photo at around 1934—that’s the year that Jay Whidden and his orchestra played both the Screen Actors Guild ball and the Ambassador Hotel. Jay was a popular albeit now largely forgotten songwriter and bandleader from the 20s and 30s whose main claim to fame now is that his girl singer for a while was a pre-Hollywood Betty Grable.

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3 Responses to Ambassador Hotel, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, circa 1934

  1. Gail says:

    Looks like one of the last grand hotels that were built all over the country from circa 1880’s to 1920’s or so. In St. Augustine, FL there are a few; today, one is a college, (now Flagler College) and another is still a hotel (Casa Monica) and one is now a museum. They play the theme music from the movie “Somewhere In Time” on the sound system at the Casa Monica, which is so appropriate.

  2. Gail, there was a very long battle fought to keep the Ambassador building. Ultimately that battle was lost, and so was the Ambassador. A large high school was erected in its place whose shape, ironically, mirrors the old hotel building.

    • Gail says:

      What a shame… at least they made an attempt to adhere to the original landscape in terms of the architecture. Let’s hope the high school is never replaced by a high rise condo or office building. Sadly, that is what’s happening everywhere… small towns are starting to look like NYC, (example; Austin, TX, etc.)