History of the Sunset Strip in Hollywood's Golden Era


Schwab’s Delivered

It gave one a sense of security to know that you could wake up at the Garden about 10 a.m., phone Schwab’s and be certain that a bottle of Jack Daniels would arrive at your villa by the time you hung up.

– A former Garden of Allah resident recalling the convenience of getting deliveries from Schwab’s Drug Store, which was stood across Crescent Heights Blvd. from the hotel.

Lucius Beebe on Aging

“High blood pressure, cheeriness at breakfast, a mellowing political philosophy, and an inability to drink more than half a bottle of proof spirits at cocktail time without falling over the fire irons all suggest dark wings hovering overhead and the… Continue Reading →

Christopher Isherwood at Cafe Gala on the Strip, February 1943

“We went to Cafe Gala on the Strip. My farewell visit to the End of the Night. I haven’t been been to a place of this sort in ages, and it was so nostalgically reminiscent of all the other times… Continue Reading →

Walken in L.A.

“I took my first trip to Los Angeles to visit my older brother, Ken, who was an actor working in Hollywood. I was 16, and he was in his early twenties, which felt like a big difference at that age…. Continue Reading →

Truman Capote on the Sunset Tower: ‘Where Every

“I am living in a very posh establishment, the Sunset Tower, which, or so the local gentry tell me, is where every scandal that ever happened happened.” – Truman Capote, age 24, in Los Angeles in 1947 to write an… Continue Reading →

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