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)