Video: 1965 Film Offers Rare Look at the Dodge Mansion in West Hollywood

Designed in 1914 and constructed in 1916, the Walter L. Dodge House blended Modern and Spanish Mission styles and was considered one of West Hollywood’s first architecturally significant residences. Located at 950 North Kings Road, the estate occupied the full width of the block to Sweetzer Avenue. It was the retirement home of Walter Dodge, the millionaire inventor of a foot treatment called Tiz. He sold it in 1924 to T. Morrison McKenna who owned it until 1939 when the Los Angeles Board of Education unilaterally condemned it, forcing McKenna to sell it.… Read the rest

Henry Hancock

Henry Hancock, a New Hampshire-born, Harvard-trained lawyer and surveyor, arrived in Los Angeles in 1852, two years after California was admitted into the union. In 1860, Hancock acquired Rancho La Brea, a 650-acre tract whose footprint included the future city of West Hollywood and city of Los Angeles districts of Hollywood, Hancock Park, Museum Row and the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits.


Alla Nazimova

In 1919, not long after Metro Pictures had put Russian-born Broadway phenomenon Alla Nazimova under contract, she moved into an estate called Hayvenhurst at Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevard. Initially she recreated her success on the stage in film, but after a series of career stumbles she was facing bankruptcy and converted the estate into a hotel. Later owners named it the Garden of Allah.