Friday, September 22, 2017

Pleased to Meet You...


Construction of the Gaylord begins in 1922 (photo above). Look at the size of those steel beams & girders! The horse drawn cart, in front (photo top), reminds us of how far back the Gaylord began. It would not be until April 9, 1924, that the Gaylord officially opened it's doors.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sorry Peeps...

Sorry folks, no available units at this time... Keep checking back!

Pictured above, from our May 1927 issue of 'Gaylord Glimpses' is former Chief of Detectives and Deputy Commissioner for the City of New York and Gaylord residents, George S. Dougherty and his wife. For a couple of years, the Dougherty's would winter with us here at the Gaylord. The Dougherty's were also frequent guests of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author & creator of "Sherlock Holmes,' on their journeys to England.
Mr. Dougherty wrote a number of books and articles on the criminal mind and introduced modern day fingerprinting to the U.S. Knowing how well connected the Gaylord residents were to the motion picture industry, we think he may have been trying to further fulfill his acting bug desires while residing here, after having appeared in a couple of silent pictures, as himself, in 1914, or to become a screenwriter.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Plays With Animals...

Pictured here from our June 1927 issue of  'Gaylord Glimpses' is silent film actress Helen Foster. While residing at the Gaylord during this time, Helen had the enviable (or unenviable, depending on how you look at it) task of playing opposite popular animal stars, such as Ranger the Dog and Rex the Wonder Horse, in a number of films. In 1928, she also starred with fellow Gaylord resident, Gertrude Olmstead, in 'Sweet Sixteen.' Helen's last feature film appearance was in 'Around the World in 80 Days,' from 1956, as an uncredited extra, which starred David Niven, the incomparable Cantinflas and Shirley MacLaine. Helen passed away on Christmas Day, 1982, in Los Angeles, but her spirit lives on here at the Gaylord!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Captains of Industry & Their Wives...

From the September 1927 issue of 'Gaylord Glimpses,' is pictured Mrs. G.J. Kuhrts  (Myra H. Bennett), who was married to George Jacob Kuhrts. While living at the Gaylord, Mr. Kuhrts became the President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Railway Corporation. He took this position upon the death of Henry E. Huntington (of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino), who had been Owner and President.

Along with the Kuhrts, a familiar name to many southern Californians, Mrs. George A. Ralphs (yes, that Ralphs), was married to the founder of the Ralphs grocery store chain and also kept an apartment here at the Gaylord, during this time, after Mr. Ralphs' passing. Mrs. Ralphs would travel the world, but always return to her home at the Gaylord.

These were just some of the well moneyed people who resided here at the Gaylord. The Gaylord history is full of many more such notables.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Single Unit...

Just came AVAILABLE for a Friday, Sept 8th move-in date;

***RENTED***- Single unit, 2nd floor, 550 sq ft, east facing, $1,350.00/month.***RENTED***

(photo by Dick Whittington Studio, from 1936)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Film History...

Silent film actress Gertrude Olmstead Leonard was a busy, in demand star having over 60 film credits to her name during her film career in the 1920's. Gertrude lived here at the Gaylord during this time, with her husband, multi-Oscar nominated director Robert Z. Leonard. Here, she is pictured from our August 1926 issue of the 'Gaylord Glimpses.' In 1925, she starred with the magnificent character actor Lon Chaney in 'The Monster.' In 1926, Gertrude starred alongside film icon Greta Garbo in 'Torrent' and had top billing over the Joan Crawford in 'The Boob,' also from 1926. These are just a couple of her stand-out performances.

The Gaylord was the address to live in, at the time and we still continue that spirit today.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Keaton... Buster That Is...

In the 1920's, comedic film genius, Buster Keaton was a frequent visitor to the Gaylord. His sister-in -law, Constance Talmadge, top selling rom-com actress at the time, resided here.

This Saturday, August 26th, at 7:30pm, the American Cinematheque will show 3 of Buster's shorts at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets are $12. Go and enjoy this master of comedy and his delightful work.