Ravenswood Apartments with the revolving ‘R’, Rossmore Ave, Hollywood, 1934

Ravenswood Apartments with the revolving R, Rossmore Ave, Hollywood, 1934If you drive south on Vine Street in Hollywood, it eventually becomes Rossmore Ave, which is home to a number of delightfully old-school apartment buildings. The most famous of them is the Ravenswood, mainly because of its celebrated residents: Clark Gable, Mary Wickes, Ethel Merman, bandleader Paul Whiteman, and most famously Mae West. What I didn’t know until I found this photo was that the Ravenswood featured a huge revolving “R” on its roof which lit up at night and could be seen from the Hollywood and Vine corner.

Rossmore Ave looking north toward the revolving R atop the Ravenswood Apartment building

The lighted Ravenswood sign and the giant revolving R (now gone) were visible from Hollywood and Vine

Mae West at her apartment at the Ravenswood, 1934:

Mae West at her apartment at the Ravenswood Apartments, 1934

For a comprehensive history of the Ravenswood, see Mary Mallory’s Ravenswood Apartments Attract the Stylish

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2 Responses to Ravenswood Apartments with the revolving ‘R’, Rossmore Ave, Hollywood, 1934

  1. Fantastic. I drive past this place often with a director I work with. Your posts always keep me inspired for my acting career. And I love that you post links of Mary Mallory too. I love getting to see a different perspective of the history of this town.

  2. Thanks Stephen – I’m glad these posts are inspiring you! Mary’s articles are always interesting and very well researched.