Introducing the Garden of Allah Novels companion map of Los Angeles and Hollywood

I’ve always been a bit of a map fan, especially the sort of maps that show “Bright Spots of Hollywood” or a map of Beverly Hills courtesy of the Beverly Hills USO Canteen during WWII.

At the top of my one-of-these-days wishlist, I had always thought about putting together a map of Los Angeles & Hollywood showing the major spots around town during those golden years, featuring the places that I write about in my novels. I thought it might give readers a clearer idea of where Ciro’s and the Mocambo and Romanoff’s were in relation to each other, and to Marcus, and Kathryn, and Gwendolyn’s home at the Garden of Allah Hotel.

But the design and software skills necessary to put something like that together were far beyond my pay grade. When I mentioned my I-have-a-map-dream to Dave DeCaro at Davelandweb whose terrific map of Disneyland I’ve long admired (read: map envy), he suggested we work on one together.

This was quite some time ago and I don’t think either of us quite imagined how much time and effort a project like this would take. But isn’t that often the way? If you knew ahead of time how much work was involved, you might not have started it in the first place. It’s probably a good thing we weren’t blessed with foresight because it’s now done and I am very, very happy with the results.

The Garden of Allah Novels companion map of Los Angeles and HollywoodClick to enlarge, then click again for an even larger image.

 Map by Dave DeCaro at Davelandweb

This map is also available on MartinTurnbull.com

MAP LEGEND

#1
THE GARDEN OF ALLAH HOTEL
8150 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened – 9th January 1927, Closed August 1959

#2
SCHWAB’S PHARMACY
8024 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened – 1932, Closed October 1983

#3
BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Opened 12TH MAY 1912, Still open

#4
ORIGINAL BROWN DERBY RESTAURANT
3377 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Opened – 1926, Closed 1980

#5
BROWN DERBY RESTAURANT
1628 Vine St, Hollywood
Opened February 14th,1929, Closed 1987

#6
CAFÉ GALA
8796 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Opened 1939, Closed 1948

#7
CAFÉ TROCADERO
8610 Sunset Boulevard
Opened 18th September 1934 with a checkered history after that. The building was pulled down in 1963.

#8
C.C. BROWN’S ICE CREAM
7007 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened 1929

#9
CHASEN’S RESTAURANT
9039 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles
Opened 13th December 1936 as Chasen’s Southern Barbecue Pit, Closed 2000

#10
CHATEAU MARMONT HOTEL
8221 Sunset Boulevard
Opened 1st February 1929, Still open

#11
HOTEL CHRISTIE
6724 Hollywood Boulevard
Opened in 1922, building still standing

#12
CIRO’S NIGHTCLUB
8433 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened January 30th 1940, Closed 1957

#13
CLOVER CLUB
8477 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened 14th October 1937, Closed 1944

#14
COCK ‘N’ BULL
9170 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.
Opened 1937, Closed 1987

#15
DON THE BEACHCOMBER
1727 North McCadden Place, Hollywood
Opened in 1933

#16
EGYPTIAN THEATER
6708 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened October 18th 1922, Still open

#17
EL CAPITAN THEATER
6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened 1926 as a legitimate theater called the Paramount, then became a movie theater in 1941, Still open

#18
FLORENTINE GARDENS
5951 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened December 28th, 1938, Still in operation

#19
GARDEN COURT APARTMENTS
7021 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened on New Year’s Eve 1919

#20
GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER
6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened May 18th 1927, Still open

#21
HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Highland Ave, Hollywood
Opened July 11th 1922, Still open

#22
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN
1451 Cahuenga Boulevard (on the corner of Sunset), Hollywood
Opened October 3rd 1942, Closed November 2nd 1945

#23
HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
Corner of Hollywood and Highland
Opened 1903, Closed 1956.

#24
HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
6215 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened 1940, Still open

#25
HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened May 15th 1927, Still open

#26
HOTEL KNICKERBOCKER
1714 Ivar Ave, Hollywood
Opened 1925, building still standing

#27
CLARA BOW’S IT CAFÉ
1637 Vine St., Hollywood
Opened September 3rd 1937

#28
KRESS DEPARTMENT STORE
Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened 1934. Later became Frederick’s of Hollywood. Building still standing

#29
LA RUE RESTAURANT
8361 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened by Hollywood Reporter’s Billy Wilkerson on April 22nd 1944

#30
MOCAMBO NIGHTCLUB
8588 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened January 3rd 1941, Closed 1959

#31
MONTMARTRE CAFÉ
6753-63 Hollywood Boulevard
Opened December 1922, fallen out of popularity by mid-1930s, building still standing

#32
MUSSO AND FRANK GRILL
6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened in 1919, remodeled in 1937, Still open

#33
PANTAGES THEATER
233 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Opened June 4th 1930, Still open

#34
THE PLAYERS NIGHTCLUB
8225 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened Summer of 1940, sold off circa mid-1950s

#35
ROMANOFF’S RESTAURANT
325 (326?) North Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills
Opened December 19th 1940, Closed New Year’s Eve 1962

#36
TICK TOCK TEA ROOM
1716 North Cahuenga Ave, Hollywood
Opened in 1930, Closed 1988.

#37
VENDOME CAFÉ
6666 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Opened May1933, Closed late 1938, later reopened as Ruby Foo’s.

#38
BULLOCK’S WILSHIRE DEPARTMENT STORE
3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Opened 26th September 1929, Closed 2nd April 1993

#39
COCOANUT GROVE NIGHTCLUB AT THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL
3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Opened May 1921, Closed 1989

#40
CHAPMAN PARK HOTEL AND BUNGALOWS
3401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Opened 1936, Closed late 1960s.

#41
FORMOSA CAFÉ
7156 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles
Opened 1925, Still open

#42
L’AIGLON RESTAURANT
314 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills
Opened July 1947 by Hollywood Reporter’s Billy Wilkerson, who sold it in October 1948.

#43
CARTHAY CIRCLE THEATER
6316 San Vicente Boulevard
Opened 1926, Demolished 1969

#44
BARON LONG’S SHIP CAFÉ
Venice Pier, Venice
Built 1905, Razed October 1946

 

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The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author writing about the golden era of Hollywood in his series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at www.martinturnbull.com and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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9 Responses to Introducing the Garden of Allah Novels companion map of Los Angeles and Hollywood

  1. Anne says:

    Thank you for this map, it is always good to be able to picture the locations and where they are in relation to each other.

  2. Cat Robson says:

    Martin, it was just what I needed after a day of editing my novel about the Mocambo. I’ve got other maps but this is the perfect distillation of all the important spots. Thanks!

    • Hey Cat,

      I was just think about you and your Mocambo novel the other day when I saw you’d liked something I posted. How’s it going? Making progress? Or rather, progress you’re happy with? I finished the first draft of my 4th Garden of Allah novel last week. All the loose ends came together in ways I didn’t anticipate when I was outlining. Sometimes, those books grow a mind of their own!

      And I’m glad you liked the map. I’ve been very pleased with it!

      • Cat Robson says:

        I’m just sending off some chapters to an agent today, thanks for asking.

        Yes, I love how characters seem to have their own agendas. I’m looking forward to your number 4 – I’m listening to 1 again on CD as I fall asleep at night. Thanks for bringing this world I love back to life in such a great way.

        Cat

  3. Diane Clark says:

    Wonderful map; kudos to you both!

    (Couldn’t help but notice that from the mid 60’s onward I actually ate, shopped, saw shows, or stayed in 18 of these places!)

    Glad to hear you’ve just finished the first draft of the 4th Garden of Allah novel. Can’t wait to see what happens next with Kathryn, Gwendolyn, & Marcus. Thank you for bringing these lovely characters to life, so in tune with their mileau. It’s like having a cat-bird’s seat to watch the facinating twists and turns through glamourous and sometimes insidious old Hollywood. We get to see behind the “set” or “curtains” and understand the very real human elements of time and place. What a nice ride Martin!

    Diane

  4. Magnificent! I just love it. When you post all of your wonderful photos, I always try to visualize where things are. Now I know.

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