Coronet Apartments, Villa of Vice?

Hacienda Park and the Origins of the Sunset Strip, Part 5

Hollywood madam Lee Francis and Judge Cecil D. Holland reviewing a document, 1940

One of the Sunset Strip’s most infamous legends is that the Piazza del Sol, an Italian Renaissance-style building at 8439 Sunset, was once a brothel – that the entire building was a lavish pleasure palace operated in service to Hollywood elites. I fact check the legend over at the West Hollywood History Center.


  1. Hi.. do you have a twitter feed? This is fascinating material and it would be easier to access and to find from there. Thank you for all this great reading!

  2. Jon Ponder

    January 13, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Vito: It’s

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