Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vintage Neighbor...

Here is a rare and seldom seen vintage postcard, from the 1930's, of our neighbor, the DuBarry. Some of our Gaylord residents get to look out upon this stately structure & view their rooftop neon from their apartment windows. The DuBarry was designed by architect, S. Charles Lee, in 1929, who also created the grandiose Los Angeles Theatre, in downtown L.A., on Broadway, as well as many other iconic buildings throughout southern California.

Monday, October 30, 2017

What You Missed...

If you did not make it, here are just a few snapshots of what you missed at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration which took place at Hollywood Forever cemetery this past Saturday. It was alive with color, dance, altars, music & food!
... and we can't forget to celebrate the lives of the dogs that have passed on as well.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3 BIG Events This Weekend...

On Saturday, Oct 28th, from 12noon to 12midnight, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival takes place at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is a bold, colorful, visual event with altars, live music & vendors throughout the cemetery. Thousands upon thousands of participants show up in full costume to celebrate those that have passed on. It is one of those events you should experience in your lifetime and well worth the $20 entry fee. So, GET OUT THERE and celebrate life! For more info, go to their website at www.ladayofthedead.com.
On Sunday morning, Oct 29th, the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon takes place. A portion of this will run along Wilshire Boulevard and past the Gaylord. Wilshire Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE PARKED ON THE BOULEVARD SATURDAY NIGHT. It will be towed to make way for this event. For more info, go to there website at www.runrocknroll.com. So, GET OUT THERE and cheer them on!
On Sunday evening, Oct 29th, our resident comic, Carl, returns with his Pajama Party comedy show to the Gaylord lobby. Start time is 8pm. Just added, special appearance by legendary comic, Bob Zany! So, GET OUT THERE and come down in your pj's for a laugh or two! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, Men Have Named You...

In 1930, one block east from the Gaylord on Wilshire Boulevard, rose another Walker & Eisen gem. This art deco commercial property was the home to the Mona Lisa, a French/Italian cafe. The Mona Lisa was owned by the same folks who brought us another classic icon, Musso & Frank, up in Hollywood, which is still going strong today.
In the photo, top, you can see a partial view of the Gaylord.

We Got Another ONE...

Coming AVAILABLE for a November 1st move-in date;

***RENTED***- Bachelor unit, 11th floor, 330 sq ft, north facing (spectacular views of the 'HOLLYWOOD' sign & Griffith Observatory, $980.00/month.***RENTED***

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We Got ONE...

We know you've been anxiously waiting and we now have ONE.


***RENTED***- Bachelor unit, 9th floor, 410 sq ft, west facing, $1,000/month.***RENTED***

(photo, above, of the Gaylord from 1936)

Art Abounds in the City of Angels...

This past Sunday, I visited the Santa Fe Art Colony, just southeast of downtown L.A., for their 28th Annual Open Studios, a free event. This artist community is one of the oldest in Los Angeles. There was a wide variety of art mediums to view by the many artists that call this place home. The photo, top, shows the shared studio space of artists Gina Han and Ahmad Morshedi. In the photo you see Ahmad's interesting and intricate figural paper cut outs, which he also does smaller versions of and places in intimate shadow boxes. For more info on the Santa Fe Art Colony, go to their website at santafeartcolony.org. Unfortunately, you missed out on this open house event (unless of course you knew about it and showed up), so plan for next year!


Coming up this weekend, Oct 21st & 22nd, from 11am- 6pm, is the biannual Brewery Artwalk. The Brewery Arts Complex (photo above and located just east of Chinatown) is noted as the world's largest artist colony and this weekend more than 100 artist studios will be open to tour. This is a place to get inspired, buy art and get to know more of L.A. Admission is free! For more info on the Brewery and the Artwalk, visit their website at breweryartwalk.com.

And, photos below, more street art from recent travels downtown with the husband...

Gotta love Dali!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The 'THEATRE'...

Next week, starting on the evening of Tuesday, Oct 24th, our Mary will be appearing in 'The Government Inspector,' at the Cameo Theater, 855 N Vermont Ave. The play will run through Saturday, Oct 28th. For tickets and more info, go to their website at theatreacademy.lacitycollege.edu. Go and see some 'theatre' dahling and show your support for Mary in this production.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fun History...

Here's a fun photo, from 1927. This was some kind of road race final that ran along Wilshire Boulevard. Directly behind the Wilshire Christian Church tower, right, is our Gaylord. The Gaylord sure has witnessed a lot over the years.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Another Walker & Eisen Gem...

This past Saturday, the mister & I took a short drive over to the City of Industry to visit the Homestead Museum and to our surprise discovered another Walker & Eisen architectural gem, 'La Casa Nueva.' Walker & Eisen are the renowned architects who designed our Gaylord and many of L.A.'s iconic buildings from the 1920's. 'La Casa Nueva' was built sometime between 1919- 1923 or 1922- 1927 (there are differing statements on this construction at the property) and this is the second home sitting on the Homestead Museum property. 'La Casa Nueva' shows some of the same influences that were designed into the Fine Arts Building in downtown Los Angeles, which opened in 1927 and is another Walker & Eisen beauty.
If you get the chance, I highly recommend you pay a visit to the Homestead Museum in the City of Industry. Admission is free and they offer tours. You would never expect to find this out there. For more info, go to their website at, homesteadmuseum.org.

UPDATE, CORRECTION: Paul, the Museum Director of the Homestead Museum, has informed me that 'Walker & Eisen did the measured drawings in 1922 for La Casa Nueva based on rough sketches the Temples (the family that had the home built) did on butcher paper. In 1924, a new architect was hired, Roy Seldon Price,' to complete the project. However, the Temples did hire Walker & Eisen to design many of the commercial buildings they had built in downtown L.A. and surrounding towns. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Elegance Unmatched...

When the Gaylord opened in 1924, it spared no expense in it's custom made furnishings, rugs, decorative lighting, fireplace, posts & beams, as seen here in this photo from 1924 of the Gaylord Lounge (this space is now occupied by the EyeMax eyeglass store).  Our lobby originally extended through the HMS Bounty all the way over to EyeMax. This attention to detail is what drew the upper echelon of society, from across the country, to come and purchase apartments in the Gaylord, along with Hollywood industry types. By 1930, the Gaylord co-op disbanded (one of the first co-op residences established in Los Angeles).