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Wilshire Brown Derby Restaurant
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Built in 1926 and generally referred to as the "Wilshire Brown Derby," the restaurant was designed in part by J.R. Davidson. This was the only structure of the four Brown Derby restaurants that resembled a bowler hat; the "derby" measured 28 feet in diameter and 17 1/2 feet in height. Its first location was 3427 Wilshire Boulevard, across the street from the Ambassador Hotel, but it was later moved one block over to 3347 Wilshire Boulevard. In 1975, the restaurant was closed and sold. After the structure 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.
The Brown Derby Restaurant as seen from the rear, looking towards Wilshire Boulevard. The sign atop the derby reads, "Eat in a hat." The Ambassador Hotel is partially visible on the right. Photograph dated June 9, 1937.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 7110-Brown Derby Restaurant; HE-002-025 4x5
Brown Derby Restaurant (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Ambassador Hotel
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Electric lines--California--Los Angeles
Wilshire Lanterns
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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