If 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.
Mae West at her apartment at the Ravenswood, 1934:
For a comprehensive history of the Ravenswood, see Mary Mallory’s Ravenswood Apartments Attract the Stylish