Los Angeles Public Library > Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection > Ambassador International development

Image / Ambassador International development

Have a question about this item? Contact Owner

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Title
Ambassador International development
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1957
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 4 million. The landmark hotel was eventually demolished between late 2005 and early 2006.
An artist's sketch of the site plan of Phase 1 of a development idea for the Ambassador Hotel property on July 10, 1957, showing a deck over the lobby level and an office building on Wilshire Blvd. Shown are the existing and a new wing of the hotel. Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall are the architects and engineers.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00055434
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 5051.
CARL0000057367
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/20219
Subject
Ambassador Hotel
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Buildings--California--Los Angeles
Real estate development--California--Los Angeles
Architectural drawings
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall

Explore related content on Calisphere: