Thursday, June 14, 2018

Weekend Event...

Folks, coming up this weekend, KTOWN Night Market returns to the RFK Community Schools campus across the street from the Gaylord.
Starting tomorrow afternoon at 4PM, June 15th and continuing through Saturday evening until 11PM, June 16th.
Plenty of merchandise & food vendors & live music. Get ready for a loud, pulsating & rowdy weekend!
For tickets & more info go to their website at Get out there & enjoy!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Glamorous Apartments...

Here's an article, posted yesterday on Curbed LA, which includes our Gaylord and other historic LA apartment buildings. Thank you to Hadley Meares for including us. Enjoy reading!

Still a Full House...

We have been receiving a lot of inquiries lately, but sorry folks, currently we have no available units or on notice.

Pictured above, is the Gaylord in February 1924, before opening it's doors as one of  L.A.'s first co-ops. At that time, you could have purchased your apartment from $7,850.00 & up! If we had only been around in 1924 (though that was a lot of money back then).

Thursday, May 31, 2018


For those tenants residing on the south facing side of the Gaylord, in today's urbanize.LA report, the wood structure being constructed atop the parking garage across the street from us (pictured above right) will top off at 4 floors for a total of 7 stories. Unfortunately, for those living on the lower floors of the Gaylord this structure now obstructs our historic views of the "Prince" neon sign atop the Windsor apartments building. No completion date was given for this project or the attached office building being converted into apartments.

When the Gaylord is aware of any planned construction that would obstruct our tenant's historic views we will fight the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission on such structures. We've been here for more than 94 years and should be shown some respect. Sadly, this project got past us.

But for the new apartment building still being constructed on the lot north of the Evanston we were able to have the number of floors lowered and made sure the structure increased the number of parking spaces within the structure for its' tenants, so as not to take away much needed street parking from the neighborhood (originally the plans were for a much taller structure with less parking).

If any of you ever become aware of plans for new construction surrounding the Gaylord, let us know.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Folks, coming up this Sunday, June 3rd, as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, our Mary will be directing "Haiku," a one act play that she is also producing. For showtimes and other events taking place during this fun, expansive & outspoken festival, go to their website at

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cross History...

Would you prefer linen service with your accommodations? Found in the strangest place, here we have a bill from the Ambassador Hotel to the Gaylord for laundry service of dirty linens, from February 1969. At one time, the Gaylord would make use of the Ambassador's large laundering facilities across the street. On this bill, over 1100 pieces were sent over to be cleaned at only .04 cents a piece.

***RENTED***- One Bedroom unit, 5th floor, 740 sq ft, north/west corner unit, overlooking our pool/patio & with views of the 'HOLLYWOOD' sign and Griffith Observatory, $1875/month.***RENTED*** 

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Shopping We Will Go...

We finally have a farmer's market returning to our hood! Gaylord folks & neighbors, starting on Tuesday, May 22nd, the Farmer's Market will be held in the historic Chapman Market parking lot, directly behind the Gaylord on 6th Street. So people, get your shopping bags ready to fill with tasty, fresh fruits & veggies and a shopping we will go!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Theatre People...

Coming up next week, our Mary will be performing the role of Jane Bennett, in Jane Austen's classic, "Pride and Prejudice," at the Camino Theater at LACC.
This well performed version of the story just happens to be adapted for the stage by the father of one of our other tenants. Those Gaylord connections keep working their magic!
For more info and tickets, go to their website at and go give Mary your standing ovation.

Friday, April 27, 2018

It's Your Anniversary...

Rather it was our anniversary, earlier this month. The Gaylord, in the history books for 94 years now. Almost an antique! Happy, happy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Still Nothing!?!...

Sorry folks, we still do not have any units available at this time. Keep checking in.

In the meantime, here's a fun tidbit on one of our previous tenants from the past...
Pictured here from our Gaylord Glimpses, November 1926 issue, is former tenant, Constance Talmadge, famed actress during the 1920's with 83 film credits to her name. Constance kept an apartment in the Gaylord for a number of years throughout the 1920's. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1923, "in 1920 her contract called for 12 pictures at $3,600,000.00." Yes, that's $3.6 MILLION DOLLARS in 1920! Nearly 100 years ago. You can say Constance was making bank back then. Good for her!

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.