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Gaylord Apts., Brown Derby, and Wilshire Christian Church
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1926
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Looking west along Wilshire Boulevard. The large building on the right is the Gaylord Apartment house. Behind that, barely visible is the Brown Derby restaurant located on Wilshire and Alexandria Ave. The first Brown Derby Restaurant, generally referred to as the "Wilshire Brown Derby," was built in 1926. Designed in part by J.R. Davidson, it measured 28 feet in diameter and 17 1/2 feet in height and was the only one resembling a bowler hat. It was first located at 3427 Wilshire Blvd across the street from the Ambassador Hotel, but in 1937 it was moved one block over to 3347 Wilshire Blvd. It was sold in 1975 and in September of 1980 it was torn down and replaced with a strip mall. The white building with the large tower in the background is the Wilshire Boulevard Christian Church located at 634 S. Normandie Ave. The church was designed in the Northern Italian Romanesque style by Robert H. Orr, and was dedicated in 1927. Directly across the street, (on the left of the photo) is the Ambassador Hotel property.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
A-011-902 4x5; L.A.-Streets-Wilshire.
Brown Derby Restaurant (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Christian Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Gaylord (Apartment House : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Apartment houses--California--Los Angeles
Davidson, J.R
Orr, Robert H
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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