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Photographs taken during period January to March, 2005.; Title supplied by cataloger. The massive 500-room Ambassador Hotel, designed by renowned architect Myron Hunt, opened for business in 1921 on the site of a former dairy farm. It occupied 23.7 acres at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, bordered by 8th Street, Catalina Street, and nearly to Mariposa Avenue. The hotel served as the stomping grounds for a staggering list of Hollywood legends, heads of state, and an endless list of famous personalities from the 20th Century. It is said that as many as seven U.S. Presidents stayed at the Ambassador, from Hoover to Nixon, along with heads of state from around the world. A pivotal moment in world history happened in 1968, when Robert F. Kennedy was shot in a pantry off of the Embassy Room (and died 25 hours later), following his California Primary victory speech. The death of RFK coincided with the beginning of the hotel's demise. The Schine family had owned the Ambassador for about 50 years, until its doors were closed on January 3, 1989 after 68 years of service, selling for $64 million. The landmark hotel was eventually demolished between late 2005 and early 2006. Close-up view of the glass doors leading into, and out of, The Cocoanut Grove's west wing entrance; this angle shows the Art Deco architecture style. The left side of the glass door shows the Ambassador Hotel coat of arms: two lions on either side of a shield encasing the letter "A", and an eagle perched atop. For decades The Cocoanut Grove was "the" hot spot for live entertainment on the West Coast, where people like Bing Crosby and Barbra Streisand got their start, and Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others came to perform.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00084945 Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection; GPC_b5_i10 CARL0004767731 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/294
Cocoanut Grove (Los Angeles, Calif.) Ambassador Hotel Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles Abandoned buildings--California--Los Angeles Glass doors--California--Los Angeles Nightclubs--California--Los Angeles Heraldry--California--Los Angeles Hotels--California--Los Angeles Crests--California--Los Angeles Heraldry, Ornamental Historic American Buildings Survey Collection photographs Heritage Documentation Programs Collection photographs Hunt, Myron,1868-1952