6700 Sunset: The Hollywood Writer’s Club / Hollywood Center Theater

Located at the southwest corner of Sunset and Las Palmas, 6700 Sunset Boulevard was a private residence used by the newly-formed Hollywood Writers Club as their clubhouse from 1921-1937. It has had numerous address and parcel changes, which makes it confuring to research. The following is my own, original research.

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6641-6657 Sunset: Blessed Sacrament Church and School

The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on the north of Sunset Boulevard near Las Palmas opened in 1928, 5 years after the parish’s parochial school located just to the west, which opened in 1923. Today the school is addressed as 6641 Sunset, the church as 6657. Previously the site had been the home of former police commissioner H.W. Lewis.

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6534 Sunset: Fred Thompson Building / Mary Helen Tea Room II / Gormet

 

In April 1927, local papers reported that Fred C. Thompson, cowboy star of Western motion pictures, would build as an investment property a commercial building on Sunset Boulevard next to the new Chamber of Commerce building, across the street from the Hollywood Athletic Club. Architect Henry Gogerty and set designe/architect Carl Jules Weyl designed  the sprawling 2-story Spanish shopping court, which was to contain 11 shops and 9 studio spaces, built around a patio courtyard. The latter was dubbed the “court of the Olive Tree” as it featured a fully-grown olive tree in the center.

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