Category: Then & Now

Then & Now: 8300 Block of the Sunset Strip Looking West in the 1930s & Today

Top: Looking west down the 8300 block of Sunset Boulevard on the Strip in the late 1930s; bottom: the same view in 2014

Both these photos were taken around Sweetzer Avenue and Sunset on the Strip looking west map]. The Art Deco tower to the left in both shots is the Sunset Tower, which was completed in 1931.

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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:

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Then and Now: Trocadero

Top: Looking south at the Trocadero at 8610 Sunset Blvd. from Sunset Plaza drive, in a photo taken after 1944; bottom: a newly built row of Sunset Plaza shops that occupies the same lot today

Here’s another angle showing the Trocadero looking east:

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Then & Now: Western End of the Sunset Strip

The 9100 block of Sunset Blvd. looking west into Beverly Hills

The top photo was probably taken in the early 1930s. The building on the left with the pan tile roof would later house the Cock ‘N Bull Restaurant, at 9170 Sunset Blvd. Hornburg Jaguar at 9176 Sunset Blvd. occupies the space today.

Then & Now: Garden of Allah Hotel Looking South from Sunset

Top: The Garden of Allah which occupied a 3.5 acre site on the Sunset Strip between Crescent Heights and Havenhurst Avenue, as it appeared in 1935. Bottom: The Garden was bulldozed in 1959 to make way for the 1960s-style shopping center that is there now. It was a blight on the landscape the minute it was completed, and remains one today.

The Garden of Allah Hotel was located at 8152 Sunset Blvd. [map].

Then & Now: Willam S. Hart House on DeLongpre

Rear view of the home of silent film cowboy star William S. Hart as shown on a postcard c. 1920s (top) and as it appears in September 2012 (bottom), as a West Hollywood city park.

William S. Park is at 8341 De Longpre Ave. [map].

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