8221 Sunset Blvd.: Chateau Marmont

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Chateau Marmont Apartment Hotel

The Chateau Marmont apartment-hotel was built for lawyers Fred Horowitz and Mabel Walker Willebrant Designed in the French-Gothic style by Arnold A. Weitzman, construction got underway in Mach, 1928, starting with demolition of an existing structure on the site. Mrs. Willebrandt, who had attended USC law school, was the assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of prohibition enforcement. Interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on a visit during a 1928 Christmas holiday visit to Los Angeles, Willebrandt discussed the dry situation but confessed that at the moment she was more interested in the interior decoration of the nearly-completed hotel apartment, which was opened in January 1929.

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Chateau Marmont now open, 1-18-1929. Co-owner Mabel Walker Willebrandt personally oversaw the interior decoration.

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Chateau Marmont ad, 10-2-1931

Horowitz and Willebrant, who resigned her position in 1929 and returned to the Los Angeles Area, sold the property in 1931. Like nearby Garden of Allah, it was home to many visiting and resident movie industry professionals and hopefuls. Today it is one of the rare survivors along the Sunset Strip.


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