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Finding What's Left of Sunset's Paved-Over Garden of Allah

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The Garden of Allah at Sunset and Crescent Heights was first the early twentieth century estate of Russian actress Alla Nazimova (the pool was in the shape of the Black Sea); then a huge complex housing notable types including Orson Welles, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, and Greta Garbo; and finally a strip mall. You know it now as the home of that mid-century Chase Bank with the jagged roof. (The Garden was paved over in 1959 and is rumored to be the inspiration for Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi.") WeHoville, via LAObserved, goes exploring at the former Garden site with property manager Ulisses Acosta, and they manage to find some extant clues that the site was once an Old Hollywood paradise.

Garden of Allah - West Hollywood - Now And Then from WEHOville on Vimeo.


· Garden of Allah: Rediscovering WeHo's Lost Oasis [WeHoville]

Chase Bank Sunset

8150 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA