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Title
Music and dancing by the pool, view 1
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 4 million. The landmark hotel was eventually demolished between late 2005 and early 2006.
An orchestra plays in the swimming pool at the Ambassador Hotel. View 1: musicians stand waist deep in water as couples dance by the poolside.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00037620
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Hotels-Ambassador Hotel.; N-003-106.1 4x5
CARL0000040574
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/99946
Subject
Ambassador Hotel
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Swimming pools--California--Los Angeles

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