The Garden of Allah Hotel
Film star Alla Nazimova purchased this approimately 3-acre property in 1919, then addresses as 8080 Sunset. In Febrary 1924 she began building new residence at the rear of the existing one. In 1926, Jean Adams leased the property and with Nazimova’s cooperation added around 25 Spanish-style bungalows and what was said to be the largest outdoor pool in Hollywood at the time, intended as the “abiding place of the extremely wealthy who are willing to pay for the last word in service and exclusive surroundings.” It opened as the “Garden of Alla” hotel on January 8, 1927. Financial troubles forced Alla to sell out in 1928, though she continued on as a resident. Subsequent owners added an ‘H” to Alla in the name of the hotel, now the Garden of Allah.
The much-storied location attracted a movie-industry crowd. Humphrey Bogart moved in in 1945 after separating from wife Mayo Methot. He and new bride Lauren Bacall lived here together briefly, before buying Hedy Lamarr’s house in September 1946. Remodeled in 1956 as the “new” Garden of Allah hotel, the property was sold to Lytton Savings and Loan Assoc. in April 1959, who razed it for a new bank building- itself now the subject of a preservation effort.