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Wilshire Brown Derby
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 193-?
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Photograph included in the Exhibit: L.A. Landmarks - Lost and Almost Lost.
Designed in part by J.R. Davidson, the "derby" measured 28 feet in diameter and 17 1/2 feet in height; this was the only one of the four restaurant buildings that resembled a bowler hat. First it was located at 3427 Wilshire Boulevard, across the street from the Ambassador Hotel, but was later moved one block over to 3347 Wilshire Boulevard. In 1975, it was closed and sold. After the restaurant was demolished in 1980, the shell of the hat-shaped dome was restored and incorporated into the design of the Brown Derby Plaza, a strip mall at 3377 Wilshire Boulevard.
Exterior view of the first Brown Derby Restaurant, built in 1926 and generally referred to as the "Wilshire Brown Derby." A sign visible on the entrance door reads "Open Daily." Pedestrians are seen on the sidewalk.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Hollywood-Restaurants-Brown Derby; S-002-391 4x5
Brown Derby Restaurant (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Mimetic architecture--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Sidewalks--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Alexandria Avenue (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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