Color slide of original Brown Derby Restaurant, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Color slide of original Brown Derby Restaurant, Wilshire Blvd, Los AngelesThe Brown Derby restaurant that we think of as the original— oriented to the northeast corner of Wilshire and Alexandria—was actually not the original location. It was first built facing due south at 3427 Wilshire between Mariposa and Alexandria. We can see from this colored slide that there was no coffee shop extension to the side—it was literally just a hat. Behind it we can see a billboard for Pilot-Ray, which were a brand of car headlights, and beyond that, the tower of the Wilshire Christian Church.

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One Response to Color slide of original Brown Derby Restaurant, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

  1. PDQ says:

    The tower in the background is for the church at the corner of Normandie and Wilshire (today’s it’s Oasis Church). The house between the Pilot Ray Light billboard and the church was torn down and the Fuller Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg dealership was built in it’s place at 3457 Wilshire. That building is still standing and I think it houses a foreign consulate (Indonesian?).

    The Brown Derby location shown above was lost prior to the ’32 Olympics when the Chapman Park Hotel was expanded to provide Olympic housing (the bungalows) and the Zephyr Room.

    FYI: Pilot Ray Corp. was a Los Angeles company whose lights were attached to the steering system of a car. The lights turned when you turned the steering wheel to help illuminate the area you were turning into. http://theoldmotor.com/?p=133530