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).

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.

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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