Monday, April 9, 2018

More Scene Stealing...

Our fabulous & former Gaylord tenant, "Daisy," while recently watching 1949's L.A. film noir picture, "D.O.A.," spotted with her eagle eye our hypnotic Gaylord neon in the background. The film starred Edmond O'Brien (Oscar winner for supporting actor in "The Barefoot Contessa) and Pamela Britton, who was also featured in the fun television series from the 1960's, "My Favorite Martian." Now that's some great use of the rooftop Gaylord neon!

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Haunting...

Recently, Gaylord friend, Eddie, spotted our Captain Will of the Queen Mary, on a CBS/Los Angeles news story. Check out our captain at work and get ready to feel the spirit next Friday the 13th! Spooky.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ever Changing Boulevard...

Discovered, this morning, on the Urbanize LA website is this rendering for a new structure to be built on the Wilshire Temple campus, just 6 blocks east from the Gaylord on Wilshire Boulevard. The 55,000 sq ft building will be used mainly to hold events. Work is to begin later this year and be completed in 2020. This modern design will be an exciting shot in the arm and raise the standards along the boulevard, just as the Gaylord has been doing since 1924!

For more info on this and other architectural developments throughout the Los Angeles area, you can go to the Urbanize LA website at

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Gaylord Glimpses from May 1927...

One item I must comment on in this issue is the story on page 19 about Gaylord resident and former Chief of Detectives for the NYPD, George S. Dougherty. Coming from a family of law enforcement officials throughout New York and Connecticut, myself (now you know why I try to keep order within the Gaylord... it's in my blood!), I am amused by Commissioner Dougherty's insights to the criminal mind.

Also, in this issue, lovely Gaylord resident and French film actress, Arlette Marchall, featured on page 10.

It strikes me also just how much theater was happening in Los Angeles during this advent of the film industry in Hollywood. This still holds true today, with many small independent theater companies, spread throughout L.A., putting forth productions year round. You should check them out.


During the Prohibition Era of the 1920's, someone at the Gaylord was not abiding by the laws , as reported in the Los Angeles Times, on November 29, 1924. It seems a Mr. John A. Whelan, proprietor of the Gaylord Commissary was selling liquor on the side to inquiring tenants. Sadly, he was caught by the authorities and booked on violation charges.
The commissary was located in the basement and stocked with groceries for the Gaylord residents. Today, this space is occupied by our laundry room, available 24 hours/day.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Shopper's Delight...

Gaylord Residents & neighbors, coming soon (finally!), the K-town Target now has an opening date of Sunday, April 8th and is located on 6th Street, between Virgil and Commonwealth, just a few blocks east of Vermont Avenue. This will give you more grocery shopping options, within walking distance, in the neighborhood. We welcome the options from such established retailers.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hello Mr. Mayor...

When U.S.Congressman Norris Poulson was elected mayor of Los Angeles in 1953, the L.A. Times reported on June 13, 1953, "The Poulson party flew in from Washington yesterday morning and took up temporary residence in the Gaylord Apartments on Wilshire Blvd. Mrs. Poulson said, however, that they plan to acquire a "modest home of our own in the near future."
Poulson was a congressman from 1943- 1945 and again from 1947 through 1953. While mayor, from 1953- 1961, Poulson was responsible for bringing our beloved Dodgers from Brooklyn to the City of Angels.
(photograph taken by Ralph Crane, in 1959 and courtesy of gettyimages, 'The Life Picture Collection")

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

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!

Friday, February 16, 2018

'Hood History...

Found online, here are a couple of random portraits of the Ambassador Hotel 'lady' water fountain, located on Wilshire Boulevard, with the Gaylord serving as the landmark backdrop. Originally, the fountain appeared as a nude, but when the RFK Community School campus replaced the Ambassador Hotel, she was given some clothing so as not to corrupt the students(!?!).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

One Now, One Shortly...

Folks, we still have 2 units AVAILABLE;

***RENTED ***- Single unit, 14th floor, 540 sq ft, east facing, $1600/month. AVAILABLE NOW!***RENTED***

***RENTED***-One Bedroom unit, 820 sq ft, south/east corner, $2050/month. AVAILABLE FEB 23rd.***RENTED***

Early photo of the Gaylord (1930's?) courtesy of the LADWP Historic Photos Collection.

Friday, February 9, 2018


This is another amazing photo from the Halston ad campaign, shot at the Gaylord in 2017. The photo showcases the beautiful, original 1924 section we restored a few years back that had been previously built over with an ugly extension. Look at the ornate tile work on those steps and the french doors. Why would anyone want to build over and cover up such wonderful details!?! Today, we appreciate the Gaylord history.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Grand Living...

Coming AVAILABLE for end of February;

***RENTED***- One Bedroom unit, 7th floor, 1050 sq ft, north, south & west exposures (HOLLYWOOD sign, GRIFFITH Observatory & sunsets over Wilshire Boulevard), $2100/month.***RENTED***

This is GRAND living at the Gaylord.

(vintage Gaylord, center, photo from the 1930's)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Adding Up...

The accolades keep adding up from around the globe for our Lana's passion project, "The Sparkle," her short film. A number of Gaylord residents participated in the making of this film and Lana has worked tirelessly in promoting and getting it out there to be seen, so CONGRATS on the success! May it continue.