"It was one of those crazy houses that actors built int he crazy 20's"
-Bill Holden Sunset Blvd.
(Pickfair- The Home of Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks, photo circa 1935)Well Readers apparently a legacy...
* * *
(The Garden of Allah- The Home of actress Alla Nazimova.)
This complex also originally started as one modest house that was transformed into a mansion. During the 20's especially during Prohibition it was one of the most glamorous and WILD party hot spots on Sunset Blvd.
Nazimova started with her home, and friends stayed so often and for such periods of time she ran it out as a hotel and artistic village of sorts. I noticed while doing research on these places that residents of Los Angels did a lot of flocking from place to place!
(With curb appeal like that who wouldn't flock there?!)
Once again this was the life of the party right up until the mid 50's, by then it was rundown and nothing near what it had once been and in 1959 it was torn down to make way for a mall. Way. to. go. Progress. NOT.
* * *
(La Cuesta Encantada, "The Enchanted Hill"-
The home of millionaire William Randolph Hearst.)
This one started our as the plan for a modest bungalow getaway and ended up spiraling into the history books! Construction started in 1919 and wasn't completed until 1947. This estate is a whirlwind of Spanish Revival/ Mexican Colonial/ Spanish Renaissance and Baroque... What can I say? Hearst was fickle?! He infamously drove his architects crazy as he would take a trip to Europe only to return with new plans that almost always involved a major overhaul or the import of some old ruins, like the ones in the backyard...
* * *
Are we starting to see a pattern here? What do these fabulous and legendary places have in common? I suppose the first thought that comes to mind is $MONEY$, but not for me. I mean money helps, but what makes these places the stuff of legend are the memories that were made while at them. I see places that started with modest beginnings, that gradually became bigger, were frequented by family good friends, and were the backdrops to some fabulous parties... Hmm lets see here-
(The Casablanca- The home of Mick Jordan.)[ ] Money.
[ X ] Started with modest beginnings.
[ X ] Gradually became bigger.
[ X ] Frequented by family and good friends.
[ X ] Backdrop to fabulous parties.
[ X ] Wonderful memories made on premises .