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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Garden of Allah


Hollywood's Garden of Allah was owned by silent film star Alla Nazimova, and was the home and partying grounds of many notable performers and writers in the 1920s and 30s, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Marx Brothers, Robert Benchley, Garbo, and Errol Flynn. Within walking distance of the hotel and its surrounding bungalows were Ciro's, the Mocambo, and Schwab's Drugstore. You can see a lovely small collection of images and memorabilia about the hotel's glory days here, and read the 1959 Time magazine story of its eventual demise.