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.