Then and Now: Wallace Reid House and The Standard Hotel, Sunset and Sweetzer

Top: The back of Wallace and Dorothy Reid’s home at 8327 DeLongpre Ave. as it would appear from a tour bus on the Sunset Strip. The house was built in 1920 as part of the Hacienda Park development. Bottom: The house was torn down by the 1960s and replaced with the Thunderbird Motel, which billed itself as “the first motel on the Sunset Strip.” It’s the Standard Hotel, 8300 Sunset, today.

A front view:

Top: The front of the Reid’s home facing DeLongpre Aveunue from a 1920s postcard. Bottom: Today the Standard Hotel, which fronts the Strip and backs on DeLongpre, occupies the lot. The street to the right is Sweetzer Ave.


  1. Kyle Laughlin

    May 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm


    I think you will be pleased to know that you have the location of the Wallace Reid house wrong. The house on the postcard is still standing in it’s original location and is located on a very small street between North Gramercy Place and North St. Andrews Place (North of Franklin) called Neindorff drive . It is a stunning house and you can easily take a look of the entire property from the St. Andrew’s Stairs.

  2. I did some research on the location of the Wallace Reid home. I found a photo of him with his wife at the door of their mansion and the street number “8327“ was visible on the exterior of the home. All reports I’ve seen have his address as 8327 De Longpre, now a motel complex. The home that Kyle references is at 1951 N. Saint Andrews Pl. and was designed for a surgeon named Michael Mellenthin in 1921. The original owner of the property was Paul Von Neindorff who commissioned the architect who designed the “Grand Mediterranean” mansion for the doctor.

  3. Jon Ponder

    December 12, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks, Patricia Reid Schneider. The house was definitely on DeLongpre. In the far right of this postcard view, the white gables of the William S. Hart home can be seen:

    The Hart house is still standing and is part of a West Hollywood city park on DeLongpre.

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