Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - restaurants

Designers: Weyl, Carl Jules Architect (firm); Carl Jules Weyl Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1928-1929

1620-1628 Vine Street
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028-8803

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Vine Street just south of Hollywood Boulevard;

This became the most prestigious of the four Brown Derby Restaurants that operated in the 1930s-1940s; it opened 2/14/1929; it was built for the Vine Street Holding Company and film director, Cecil B. DeMille; the owners leased ground floor space to the Brown Derby Restaurant Company; Robert H. Cobb, inventor of the Cobb Salad, was an owner of the Brown Derby in the 1930s; the Brown Derby in Hollywood was sold to Walter P. Scharfe in February 1975; Scharfe closed the restaurant 9/1980, and demolition was threatened at that time;

Demolished. This Brown Derby Restaurant had the unfortunate distinction of being the first building razed in Hollywood following the Northridge Earthquake of 01/17/1994; demolition began about a week later, on 01/24/1994;

PCAD id: 4334

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