The Talmadge | Los Angeles Conservancy
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The Talmadge

This elegant brick apartment tower bears the name of silent film actress Norma Talmadge. She and her husband, Hollywood producer Joseph Schenk, owned the building when it opened in 1924. 

The building rose on the site of a Craftsman mansion designed for automobile dealer Earle C. Anthony in 1909 by legendary Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene. In 1923, the home was  sold to actor Norman Kerry, who had it moved to North Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills.

The Talmadge opened with a summer garden party attended by socialites and business leaders. The Schenks lived for a time on the tenth floor. It remained an upscale address through the heyday of Wilshire Boulevard, attracting celebrities and dowagers who enjoyed attentive service. 

Wirick House
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Wirick House

Its delicate appearance belies the strength and endurance of its structural system, which seems to reflect the attitude of the World War II veterans who came from the USC School: if we can win a war, we can certainly build beautiful houses on this little hill.
Hilton Checkers
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Hilton Checkers

Built on a lot only sixty feet wide and 160 feet deep, the Mayflower Hotel's exterior is Spanish in style while the interior leans more toward "Pilgrim Revival."
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Hotel Normandie

A dedicated owner rebuffed lucrative redevelopment bids for this historic hotel, essentially crowdsourcing a careful restoration and catalytic investment in the neighborhood.