Tag: Sunset Tower

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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Photo: Harry’s Tours of Movie Star Homes – Sunset Strip 1937

This is a rare shot of the Sunset Strip taken in 1937, from Taschen’s new Los Angeles, Portrait of a City. The tour guide is standing at 8245 Sunset [map] — that’s the Sunset Tower ahead in the fog — so if the shot were wider, to the left in the near distance you’d also the backs of the homes of two actual movie stars — Wallace Reid and W.S. Hart (whose homes faced DeLongpre Avenue, which runs parallel to Sunset in the 8300 block).

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Photo: Sunset Strip Looking West, 8200 Block, 1952

The Sunset Strip in the 1950s looking west from about Sweetzer Ave. That’s the Sunset Tower on the horizon.

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Truman Capote on the Sunset Tower: ‘Where Every

Truman Capote, photographed by Henri Cartier Bresson in 1947

“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 essay on Hollywood for Vogue.

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