Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One of the Originals...

Pictured on top, from our October 1927 issue of 'Gaylord Glimpses,' is one of our original Gaylord residents, Mrs. George (Alta) E. Feagans. Alta was married to a prestigious jewelry store owner and silver maker. The Feagans and Company jewelry store opened in 1906, at the Hotel Alexandria (interior of the store pictured above), in downtown Los Angeles. The hotel was L.A.'s first 5 star hotel and Feagans served a high-end clientele, such as the residents of the Gaylord. We are not familiar with the cause of death of George and Alta, but George passed away on Christmas day, 1934 and Alta followed 3 days later on the 28th. Let's just say it was true love and another Gaylord story.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Gaylord Women...

It seems quite appropriate, while doing research on our past residents yesterday, I came across this gem on International Women's Day. Pictured in the top left is our lovely Mrs. Rena Bell Hardman, Gaylord resident and enterprising woman. The photo comes from our September 1927 issue of 'Gaylord Glimpses.'
The illustration, above, is from Rena's patent application for a 'one-piece foldable overshoe.' In part, the application reads, "A further consideration in designing footwear of this class, especially for women, is that the overshoe is so constructed as to detract as little as possible from the appearance of the conventional shoes of the wearer. Another object of the invention is to provide a shoe of this class described which is adapted to be constructed of a transparent material whereby to reveal the color and design of underlying conventional footwear." Meaning, Rena wanted her high status shoes to be visible, while wearing her rubber galoshes, in rain & snow storms. Rena started this patent request in July 1948 and was finally awarded the patent for this invention in September 1953.
Mrs. Rena Bell Hardman, just one of the many strong, determined women in our long Gaylord history.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Shakespeare Anyone...

Our bursting forth with theatricality, Byron, will be taking on the role of Malcolm in an upcoming production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," at the Ojai Art Center Theater. Byron is our talented tenant who produced a One Night Only production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a few Summers ago, back at the Gaylord pool. Now that evening was a special event!
Take yourself out of town to lovely Ojai for the day and go support Byron, starting Friday, March 16th. For tickets and more info go to their website at ojaiact.org.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Available Units...


***RENTED***- One Bedroom unit, 10th floor, 820 sq ft, south/east corner unit, views out to Catalina Island, great closet space, $2050/month.***RENTED***

Coming AVAILABLE for mid-March;

***RENTED***- One Bedroom unit, 8th floor, 740 sq ft, north/west corner unit, spectacular views of the 'HOLLYWOOD' sign & Griffith Observatory, $1950/month.***RENTED***

Photo, above, courtesy of USC Digital Library, Dick Whittington Photography Collection, from 1938. Shown are the Gaylord neighbors on the north/east corner, the Richfield gas station and Sally's Homemade Candies. Past the Gaylord on the left are the KFAC radio tower and the steeple to Wilshire Christian Church.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

67 Years Ago Today...

... at the Gaylord. Let's end the month on a sorta fun & tragic note. Rudolph W Mayer, brother of Louis B Mayer (yes, that prominent mogul of MGM Studios fame) died in his apartment at the Gaylord on Feb 28, 1951. Apparently, Rudolph was smoking in his bed and tragedy ensued. In my research, Rudolph was a colorful & shady character who found himself in a jam a number of times and Louis would have to rescue and get him out of trouble. 

The image above is 'as found' online. If anyone out there has anymore facts relating to this story, please pass them on to us... like an apartment #, so we can thoroughly cleanse the unit of lingering spirits with sage.

AND, an important reminder to our current Gaylord tenants... DO NOT SMOKE IN BED!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Over Time...

Our "OG' neighbor, the Brown Derby. The top photo is from the 1920's and was taken when the Derby was in it's original place on the northwest corner of Wilshire & Alexandria. The photo above is from 1956 and was taken well after the Derby had moved to the northeast corner of Wilshire & Alexandria. Note the changes in the Derby neon sitting atop the roof and the changes in ladies fashions. The Gaylord is barely visible on the right in the above photo.

Monday, February 19, 2018


Folks, remember when pokemon-go was all the rage, in the not so distant past and the Gaylord made an appearance? One for the ages & Gaylord history!