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Old Posted Mar 18, 2012, 2:33 AM
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I made some great discoveries today.

I've always heard rumors that Charlie Chaplin built a 'storybook style' apartment complex near his studio for his staff and workers.

As a reminder....this is Charlie Chaplin's old studio along La Brea Avenue (now Jim Henson Studios...hence the frog).
It's quite whimsical compared to other studios from the 1920s. I wonder if these same architects also designed the elusive Chaplin apartments?




I vaguely remember that Formosa Avenue and Poinsettia Place were mentioned as possible locations. I decided to concentrate on Formosa first.


google street view

above: Charlie Chaplin's old studio is located at the red 'teardrop' A upper right. Formosa Ave. is in the lower left.





As I searched along N. Formosa Avenue I came across this mysterious little place.


google street view


below: A closer view.


google street view


After a few more searches I decided the address might be 1330 N. Formosa Avenue / As with everything else on the Internet this address led to a plethora of information.

It turns out Road_Runner on 'Jalopy Journal' used to live in these apartments. Here is a link to his story. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...&postcount=586


http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...&postcount=586



below: The interior courtyard.


http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...&postcount=586



http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...&postcount=586

Yet no one is 100% sure that Charlie Chaplin built these apartments.
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Over at Allen Ellenberger's excellent blog he posted this in 2009.


http://blog.allanellenberger.com/boo...plin-film-set/

...and again...also in 2009.


http://allanellenberger.com/tag/charlie-chaplin/



below: Another view of the fantastic inner courtyard (complete with pirate flag).


http://blog.allanellenberger.com/boo...plin-film-set/



below: The 'tower'.


http://la.curbed.com/



below: Built in wooden cabinets and eclectic doorways.


http://la.curbed.com/


below: I would live here just for that groovy window.


http://la.curbed.com/




http://la.curbed.com/


This hidden treasure is a gem even if it has no association with Charlie Chaplin. I hear that artists and aspiring actors still reside in this fantastic setting. The cottage with the pirate flag is inhabited by a 'fencing' couple.....pure Los Angeles.

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