The Hollywood Hotel
Founded in 1903 on Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Hotel owned by real estate tycoon H.J. Whitley was an architectural staple of the Golden Era of Hollywood, located right in the heart of filmland. “That’s why Hollywood, the geographical region, became the epicenter of the industry,” Huver says. It hosted many artists of the time such as Rudolph Valentino, who met and married his first wife, Jean Acker, there as well as famous producers and directors.
It was demolished in 1965, when a First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hollywood building took its place.
In 2001, it was the Savings and Loan center’s turn to be demolished and replaced by Hollywood & Highland shopping center, which includes the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars currently take place. Hollywood & Highland is located in the proximity of Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, visited by thousands of tourists each year. It is also the place where you’ll be able to admire a recreation of the Babylon set from D.W. Griffith’s silent film “Intolerance”.