View Single Post
Old Posted Jan 22, 2013, 4:39 PM
Godzilla Godzilla is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 709
Originally Posted by Johnny Socko View Post
(Note: Thanks to Curbed LA commenter "vokoban" for digging up yet another great nugget of LA history. I am taking the liberty of cross-posting the Times article and historic photo that he originally posted in the Comments section of this article.)

Below is the storage building at 1025 N Highland Ave (at Santa Monica Blvd):

In 1930, one hell of a party took place there:

(Dec. 7, 1930 LA Times)
Party on Top of Hollywood Building Raided
Four Girls Among Prisoners Seized in Foray
Hundred and Fifty Officers Battle Revelers
In perhaps the most spectacular raid ever conducted by Los Angeles police, nearly 400 persons were arrested early yesterday on morals charges when 150 officers broke up what they said was a wild stag party on the fourteens floor of Hollywood Storage Building, 1025 North Highland avenue. All but four of the prisoners were men.
The raid was the result of a tip received by vice squad officers and four detectives, clad in tuxedos, were assigned to gather evidence. They arrived early and mingled with other spectators, who paid $1 each for admission. The affair was billed as a "fraternity benefit smoker" and early in the evening began to take on the aspect of an orgy, according to the police report.
Not until nearly midnight, however, did the vice squad officers feel that the revelry had reached its height, when four young women appeared in what was described as an indecent performance. This was climaxed, they declared, by another dance in which the four appeared without even a semblance of drapery. Rushing toward the exits, the detectives announced that every spectator was under arrest.
Meanwhile, just outside and in the streets below, guarding every means of escape, were 150 reserves who had been summoned in anticipation of a riot. Dozens of men attempted to flee by means of fire escapes, but they were driven back by officers who had expected such attempts.
Hand-to-hand fights were numerous as the officers rushed into the hall, once an exclusive Hollywood night club, and beer bottles crashed through windows as the melee increased in violence. Several thousand persons had gathered in the street below to watch the proceedings.
A check-up revealed 362 men had been arrested in addition to the four women. The latter described themselves as: Ruth Williams, 21 years of age, of 1347 North Serrano street; Isabelle Clemons, 20, of 420 Fetterly street; Doloros Moreno, 19, transient, and Ruth Scott, 22, of 1215 West Tenth street. They pleaded not guilty before Municipal Judge Eagen to the charge of being dissolute persons. Bail was fixed at $150 each pending trial on the 19th inst.
Six of the men taken into custody were booked as promoters of the show. They gave their names as Glen B. Mates and George N. Hammond of Glendale; Harry Gaston of Long Beach, Otto Good of Ocean Park, and Lloyd Baxter and Ray J. Faeth of Los Angeles.
Deputy City Prosecutor McDonald announced he will press vagrancy charges against the 362 men, including the asserted promoters of the show.
Images once easily found as part of this thread seem to have disappeared. This makes avoiding 2x posts and providing attribution difficult. Here is one such example concerning the Hollywood Storage Building at 1025 N. Highland (unless it has disappeared too).

The original focus of this inquiry/post is other buildings in the vicinity. As a starting point, I was looking for what may have been a large building occupied by "MovieLab" at the NW corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Highland. I believe it has been listed at 6823 Santa Monica Blvd. This is approximately the same location as the large Public Storage 6801. I am guessing the building was there for many years before demolition (in the '80s?). Anyone have photos of the original MovieLab building?

Hollywood Storage 1025 N Highland

1937 - 6388 Santa Monica Blvd.

1930 - Hollywood Panorama - Storage Building in distance. NW view

Another Hollywood Panorama - Storage Building in distance. Unk. Date View South.

All from Lapl

1977 - Highland and Santa Monica SW corner

Off the beaten path - further North?

1937 - 6775 Sunset (and Highland) What's the possibility the car came directly from EL Cord's showroom?

1927 - Highland and Hollywood. (Actor Monte Banks at the reins, assume as a gag shot.)

All images from Lapl

Address for Los Angeles Art Organ Company?
Reply With Quote