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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Hollywood 1926-1928

La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926

You're driving down Hollywood Boulevard tourists in big open busses, seedy souvenir shops, all the hip new clubs and absurdly expensive condos in repurposed old office buildings, and general nonsense. But if you turn left on Whitley, suddenly it's 1926 or so. Just off Hollywood Boulevard is the Whitley Historic District. And films are silent, in high-contrast black-and-white, with title cards. This is where the stars who no one remembers now lived in elaborate luxury apartment buildings, the best money could buy. And they're still in use the young and hopeful live here now.

Here are the La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, from 1926

La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926
La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926
La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926
La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926
La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926
La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926
La Leyenda Apartments, 1737 North Whitley, Hollywood - from 1926

The Fleur De Lis 1825 North Whitley built in 1928 by architect C. Waldo Powers

ALT: Fleur De Lis apartments, 1825 North Whitley, Hollywood - built in 1928 - architect C. Waldo Powers
ALT: Fleur De Lis apartments, 1825 North Whitley, Hollywood - built in 1928 - architect C. Waldo Powers

The Fontenoy at 1811 North Whitley, where Tom Mix used to live, and where even in the fifties and sixties Mae West, Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason, and Irene Ryan might show up at a party here, thrown by two old vaudeville veterans who had a place on the second floor with a Steinway grand. Architect Leland A. Bryant designed this building in 1928. And then came the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, and this age was over.

The Fontenoy apartments at 1811 North Whitley, Hollywood - Leland A. Bryant, 1928
The Fontenoy apartments at 1811 North Whitley, Hollywood - Leland A. Bryant, 1928
The Fontenoy apartments at 1811 North Whitley, Hollywood - Leland A. Bryant, 1928

Nearby, an elegant 1931 Art Deco building on the southeast corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Boulevard, from two years after the two events of 1929 that changed everything the Crash, and Talking Pictures

1931 Art Deco building on the southeast corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Boulevard (architects, The Vickers Company)
1931 Art Deco building on the southeast corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Boulevard (architects, The Vickers Company)
1931 Art Deco building on the southeast corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Boulevard (architects, The Vickers Company)
1931 Art Deco building on the southeast corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Boulevard (architects, The Vickers Company)

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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