AKA: Los Altos Apartment Hotel, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: Harvey, Arthur E., Architect (firm); Arthur Edward Harvey Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1924-1925

5 stories, total floor area: 83,020 sq. ft.

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4121 Wilshire Boulevard
Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Overview

U-shaped in plan, the Los Altos Apartment Hotel was a typical courtyard apartment house of the 1920s in many respects. The courtyard plan proved a popular way for rooms on double-loaded corridors to receive natural light, and provided a grand entry experience for the visitor. Often, courtyard apartments also had spacious lobbies to greet visitors. In style, the Los Altos possessed the usual Spanish Colonial Revival detailing, also very popular in the 1920s.

Building History

Architect Arthur Harvey produced many designs for apartment buildings (such as the Château Élysée at 5930 Franklin Avenue [1928]) and commercial buildings during the 1920s. The Los Altos Apartments was apparently the first cooperatively-financed apartment building in Los Angeles, CA. The group of investors included William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) and Marion Davies (1897-1961), the actress. Hearst and Davies had a long-time relationship, and both owned apartments in the building. Hers consisted of 8 rooms (and 5 bedrooms) on two floors. The cooperative dissolved in 1929, and the building became an apartment house and hotel until about 1960. Numerous Hollywood luminaries includingLoretta Young, Bette Davis and Judy Garland, all resided here.After that time, 10 suites were renovated to become offices.

Lawrence N. Field and a syndicate of investors bought the Los Altos Apartments in 10/1970. (See the "Los Altos Apartments Changes Ownership," Los Angeles Times, 10/04/1970, sect. K, p. 21.) Stagen Realty purchased it in 1977. (SeeLos Angeles Times, 09/18/1977, part 8, page 1.) Later owners includedAllen Gross and Arax Harutunian who renovated the building in the late 1990s.

Building Notes

A five-story building, the Los Altos contained 68 units in 2015, according to the Los Angeles County Assessor. It valued the land and property at $5,100,494 in that year.

Alteration

Allen Gross and Arax Harutunian fell in love with the building several years ago and have followed through on a project to restore the apartments to their original glamour. are all said to have lived at the Los Altos at one time or another.

Los Angeles County Assessor Number: 5504-009-002

Los Angeles City Historical-Cultural Monument: 311

National Register of Historic Places: ID n/a

PCAD id: 16782