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Old Posted Oct 2, 2012, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by rcarlton View Post
Can you show us a picture of the 1922 building?
In effect, you are looking at it, circa 1995. The assessor lists the Cotswold-style property as having been built in 1922. Thank you G.Wilshire for the additional information. For being a recent photo, this odd structure looks every bit its 90 years of age and reeks of noir'ishness. I had noticed a photo of an enclosed courtyard with interesting buildings labeled "the Ann Hathaway Village" (Ann without the"e") at the same or an adjoining address - 4350 Beverly Blvd. I had a screen capture, but managed to inadvertently relabel or delete it. Hopefully this is temporary. Per GWilshire's comments, I vaguely remember being in the courtyard and being struck that it seemed much like an outdoor movie set. I am convinced the look was unusual enough that pictures exist. Sorry for any confusion.


I am not in that area, nor have I visited it in many years, but I remember other interesting courtyard-style apartments or bungalows - close to the property on 1330 N. Formosa that has been attributed to Chaplin aka the French Village.

The first address that comes to mind is 7207 Hampton Avenue in West Hollywood. It is where Poinsettia meets Hampton
If you look at google maps, that complex has been designated as having historic significance. Unfortunately, the historic designation sign is practically worthless since it does not explain why the building is important. Perhaps one of you Noir-vets can post a link by which one can follow-up when confronted with an historic designation sign. Again, the tan sign is clearly visible. Unfortunately, the foliage completely obscures the complex as I remember it.

Although I did not live there, I was acquainted with several residents, most of whom were long retired from "the business." They confirmed that this complex was also used by day players for the nearby UA Studios and had scrapbooks with pictures. I remember the neighbor who was brought to tears looking at the photos and the owner quickly took them away. One resident who worked at the studio when it wore the Goldwyn banner had pictures of someone delivering ice by sliding it into the side of the building. In some of the buildings, the small "ice door" was still present back in the '80s. Although I may be mistaken, I am reasonably convinced that the set of residences was every bit as bizarre and oddly constructed as the Formosa address. I am certain I heard the same Chaplin-Purveyance stories attributed to this location too.

Another interesting courtyard complex with oddly placed bungalows is hidden somewhere on the 7200 Block (South side) of Fountain. The overgrown foliage makes locating the exact spot difficult. I remember it because of the shell lady who decorated the inside and outside of her unit with - shells. And then there is the original building at the northeastern end of the Greenacre cul de sac.


To make up for my inability to post an early picture of the Cotswold building (above) I am returning to the subject of "Poinsettia" Drive and Place. Some might find it interesting to note that not far away, Poinsettias were grown commercially. While I do not have a specific address for the Farm, it was close to another interesting streamline moderne style apartment complex. The once-called Doheny View Terrace was located at 9231 North Doheny Road at the corner of Sunset Hills Road in what is now West Hollywood. It was not my intention to name drop, but according to the source notes, Markowitz & Sons Inc. designed the 1936 building and celebrities such as Eva Gardener and Mickey Rooney once resided there. The building still exists today wearing a different trim color. "Somewhere" close by, as indicated by one of the photos, there was a Poinsettia farm.


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