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Title
Ambassador Hotel and billboard
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
Musgrove, Dean
Date Created and/or Issued
1988
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
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.
Exterior view of the Ambassador Hotel, showing a billboard "In Memory of Robert F. Kennedy, June 4, 1968," near a row of the hotel's bungalows. Workmen finished unveiling the 14' x 48' billboard in June 1988.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00055457
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box Ambassador Hotel
CARL0000057355
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/20083
Subject
Kennedy, Robert F.,--1925-1968--Death and burial
Ambassador Hotel
Billboards--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Hunt, Myron,1868-1952

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