Hollywoodland (Images of America Series)
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Established by real estate developers Tracy E. Shoults and S. H. Woodruff in 1923, Hollywoodland was one of the first hillside developments built in Hollywood. Touting its class and sophistication, the neighborhood promoted a European influence, featuring such unique elements as stone retaining walls and stairways, along with elegant Spanish, Mediterranean, French Normandy, and English Tudor–styled homes thoughtfully placed onto the hillsides. The community contains one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, the Hollywood sign, originally constructed as a giant billboard for the development and reading “Hollywoodland.” The book illustrates the development of the upper section of Beachwood Canyon known as Hollywoodland with historical photographs from Hollywood Heritage’s S. H. Woodruff Collection as well as from other archives, institutions, and individuals.
measure the iconic Hollywoodland sign located at the top of Beachwood Canyon, Hollywood, California. (Bison Archives.) Hollywoodland Mary Mallory and Hollywood Heritage, Inc Copyright � 2011 by Mary Mallory and Hollywood Heritage, Inc. 9781439624302 Published by Arcadia Publishing Charleston, South Carolina Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Control Number: 2010941639 For all general information, please contact Arcadia Publishing: Telephone 843-853-2070 Fax
drilled, and then risen into place as a temporary real estate beacon. (Bison) The Hollywoodland sign towers over homes below. Developers hired Albert Kothe, a recent immigrant from Germany, as the caretaker and maintenance man for the sign. He was charged with patrolling the area, repairing vandalism, replacing light bulbs, painting, and patching. Kothe lived in a small shack directly behind one of the letter “L”s in the 1930s, before moving to a home off Beachwood Drive in the 1950s. (Bison.)
Hungarian Revolution of 1919, eventually landing in Germany. He appeared in films there before arriving in the United States in 1920. He soon appeared in Hungarian plays before playing on Broadway and in films. Lugosi starred in the Broadway production of Dracula before appearing in the legendary 1931 Universal film Dracula. It soon typecast him as a horror villain. In the early 1930s, Lugosi lived at 2835 Westshire Drive, an understated English Tudor home. Beset by health and financial worries,
gaining fame as a novelist in the 1920s, Huxley wrote essays, short stories, articles, poems, and screenplays for such films as Pride and Prejudice, Madame Curie, and Jane Eyre. Huxley was known as a pacifist and supporter of the Vedanta spiritual movement, and he experimented with psychedelic drugs in the 1950s, influencing such people as Cary Grant and Timothy Leary to participate with these drugs as well. Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek of The Doors named their rock group in honor of his 1954
claimed that the Hollywoodland trails were the first to be built in any Southern California housing development. S.H. Woodruff took out newspaper advertisements and sent out press releases promoting how tired, harried businessmen could take a morning canter for inspiration before heading to work, or to just take part in health-giving exercise. The stable later changed hands and now runs under the name Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables at the top of Beachwood Drive. (AMPAS.) S.H. Woodruff and his