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June 27, 1987 | ROBERT JOHN PIERSON, Pierson is the author of "The Beach Towns: A Walker's Guide to L.A.'s Beach Communities" (Chronicle Books).
When they first surveyed the open fields, wooded hills and scattered orchards of Cahuenga Valley, the Prohibitionist couple from Kansas dreamed of creating a Christian utopia in this frost-free belt. Purchasing 120 acres in 1887, Horace and Daeida Wilcox subdivided the property, plotted streets, planted pepper trees and offered free lots to any church community. Gambling halls, billiard dens and saloons were prohibited when Hollywood was born.
January 29, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne architecture critic >>>
Think of the new W Hollywood Hotel & Residences complex as equal parts Chateau Marmont, L.A. Live and Pershing Square. The 15-story, $600-million development, designed by Dallas-based architecture firm HKS, combines on a single L-shaped site the W's hotel and condominium towers with a 375-unit apartment block called 1600 Vine. The whole ensemble is draped in gigantic billboards, wrapped around a sizable public plaza leading to a Metro Red Line subway stop and squeezed in next to the landmark 1924 Taft Building at Hollywood and Vine.
April 29, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood and Vine has long been one of the most famous intersections in the world, but until the last few years visitors to the area were greeted by a few bodegas, Avalon nightclub, a burrito stand and the Pantages Theatre. Sure, there was a lingering sense of history from its heyday in the '30s, and the Capitol Records building is awe-inspiring, but after throwing back a few sorrowful martinis at the Frolic Room it was time to move west — to where the real action was. This week, the opening of a new bar, restaurant and nightclub called Lexington Social House crowns several years of rapid growth along the axis once frequently name-checked by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and now emerging as a lively alternative to the tourist-heavy bustle at Hollywood and Highland.
October 21, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
An 85-unit apartment complex atop shops and restaurants will be built near the main entrance to Paramount Studios by California Landmark Group. The project called the LC will be on Melrose Avenue across from the north end of Larchmont Boulevard. California Landmark expects to start work as soon as March and complete the $40-million project by January 2015. The price tag includes the acquisition of a 55,000-square-foot vacant lot split by an alley. The project will be built above the alley, which will remain in use, said Ken Kahan, chief executive of Westwood-based California Landmark.
April 11, 1994
Mabel Eby, 78, who oversaw the always sensitive ticket distributions and seating arrangements for 44 annual Academy Award presentations and the longest-serving employee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She came to the academy in 1945, when it was at Hollywood and Vine before moving to Beverly Hills. She retired in 1988 and was credited with knowing more film stars and executives than most of the industry members she served. In Beverly Hills on Thursday after a long illness.
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