Friday, October 28, 2016

Bungalow 9 at the Garden of Allah

This 1934 "candid" shows actor Henry Wilcoxon on the front steps of his Hollywood home, Bungalow #9 at the Garden of Allah apartments on Sunset Boulevard.

RELAXING IN HOLLYWOOD -- Henry Wilcoxon takes things easy in his Hollywood home before tackling the role of Marc Antony in Cecil B. De Mille's "Cleopatra," for which he was recently imported from England.

Wilcoxon is probably best known to "modern" day audiences for his cameo in "Caddyshack" as Bishop Pickering, who gets struck by lightning during his golf game.

In current day news, the building that replaced the Garden of Allah is now eliciting screams of preservation because of the Frank Gehry project that will be constructed in its place. If only those screams had saved the Allah.

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Anonymous said...

Frank Gehry will be remembered in the future as one of the worst architectural vandals in history.


Anonymous said...

"Frank Gehry will be remembered in the future as one of the worst architectural vandals in history."

Sorry but I couldn't disagree more. The banal, blank, characterless boxes that cover great portions of this earth hold that title. Architecture as art that incites reactions good and bad and challenges peoples perceptions is doing exactly what it is meant to do. Disney Hall for example creates a dynamic wrapping for the dynamic function that happens within. It's getting the balance right between preservation and new, that is the real challenge.

Daveland said...

JG - I could not stand WD Concert Hall when I first saw it, but have since grown to appreciate it. The plans for the Sunset Boulevard property...not sure if I could every grow to like those.

Anonymous - agreed on the balance between preservation and new. On the new Gehry project, to my knowledge there is no balance from the plans I have seen or even any kind of nod to the rich history of what was once in this location.

beachgal said...

That was my neighborhood for a number of years in the later 60s when I lived up Nichols Canyon. Regardless of ones taste in architectural design, the project is over-built for the site.