Album of photographs of homes in Hollywoodland, 1923-1929
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Title: Album of photographs of homes in Hollywoodland
Title supplied by cataloger.
Date (inclusive): 1923-1929
Call number: F869.H74 W66 1923
Woodruff, S.H. (Sidney H.), photographer.
1 album (78 photographic prints) : gelatin silver, 21 x 30 cm (album)
Photographs are mounted on rectos of canvas leaves, one to a page; all but two have numbers in negative in the lower right
corners, probably stock numbers.
Bound in black pebble-grain leather covers; two-hole binding secured with two large screws; manufacturer's green and white
label on inside back cover of J.L. Hanson Co. of Chicago, identifying album as a Badger album (J.L. Hanson Co. took over the
album department of the Heinn Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1922).
Spec. Coll. copy: in gray flip-top document box with other unbound material pertaining to Hollywoodland.
Abstract: Album of photographs (19.3 x 25 cm) from 1923-1929, showcasing homes in Hollywoodland, a 500-acre subdivision at the top of
Beachwood Canyon in Los Angeles, California.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
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[Identification of item], Album of photographs of homes in Hollywoodland (Call number: F869.H74 W66 1923; Collection 1527
Box 1, Album 1). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Real estate developer, architect, and builder. S.H. Woodruff came from a wealthy Michigan family, and worked as an architect
in the East before coming to California. He was involved in the reconstruction of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.
He is best known for his development of Hollywoodland, and Dana Point in the 1920s.
Scope and Content
The subdivision, known as the Sherman and Clark Ranch, was developed in 1923 by a real estate syndicate which included Sidney
H. Woodruff, Eli P. Clark, the original landowner, Harry Chandler, Gen. M.H. Sherman, and Tracy E. Shoultz. Shoultz died unexpectedly
in July 1923, and Woodruff took over as head developer. Many Hollywoodland homes were designed by architect John DeLario in
Spanish, Mediterranean, French Chateau, and Normandy styles; the 78 photos included in the album are mainly Spanish and Mediterranean
style, featuring tile roofs, wrought iron and wooden balconies, walled courtyards, formal gardens, tiled fountains, studded
doors, and arched doorways. The photographs also document the new streets, stairs, and retaining walls winding through the
hills. Most of the streets were given English names like Heather Drive, Westshire Drive, Pelham Place, and Hollyridge Drive.
Of the houses photographed, many are large, one has a three-car garage, and one has a swimming pool, which attest to the affluence
of the residents.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Architecture, Domestic --California --Los Angeles --Photographs.
Landscape architecture --California --Los Angeles --Photographs.
Real estate development --California --Los Angeles --History --20th century.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) --Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Gelatin silver prints.
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
J.L. Hanson Co.
For additional photographs of Hollywoodland, see album
94/8 from the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94),
which contains 19 photographs by developer S.H. Woodruff of homes, buildings, and proposed land development in Hollywoodland;
and Albums 1 and 2 in Box 2 of Collection of material about Hollywoodland (Collection 1527). See also
/ Mary Mallory and Hollywood Heritage Inc. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publishing, c2011.