6520 Sunset: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Formed in 1921, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce met in rented quarters until opening its permanent home at 6520 Sunset Boulevard in 1926.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in its rented home at 6530 Hollywood Blvd. c. 1923. LAPL.

 

With its lease of temporary home since 1923 at 6530 Hollywood Boulevard due to expire on July 1, 1925, the group began considering whether to move to rented space in a used furniture store a few door down or possibly constructing a new building on a leased lot on Sunset Boulevard near the corner of Hudson, across the street from the new Hollywood Athletic Club. By June 1925, it had decided to proceed with a new building, which would be constructed by the Christie Realty Corporation and turned over to the Chamber at net cost.

 

4/14/1925. Hollywood Daily Citizen.

 

6/9/1925. Hollywood Daily Citizen.

Mogan, Walls and Clements designed new structure in the Spanish Baroque style with Churrigueresque detail above the front entrance. It included offices, a 400-seat theater, and exhibit spaces. Large windows reflected the old pepper trees that still shaded the boulevard.

12/6/1925. LAT.

The public grand opening was held July 14, 1926 following the formal dedication the previous evening.

7/14/1926. LA Evening Express.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in front of its new home at 6520 Sunset Blvd. LAPL.

 

“This is Hollywood” publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 1926.

 

6520 Sunset in 1934. The Fred Thompson Building is just to the west. LAPL. Herman J Schultheis Collection.

 

Looking West on Sunset from the Chamber of Commerce Building c. 1935. LAPL- Herman J Schultheis Collection.

The Chamber of Commerce hosted exhibits, film screenings andother comminuty events. Tickets to the Hollywood Bowl of the Pilgrimage Play could be purchased here. It remained the Hollywood COC’s home until 1976 when it moved to rented quarters in the Sunset-Vine Tower at Sunset and Vine. Schaeffer’s Camera and Supply Company moved into the group’s former headquarters at 6520.

7/11/1976. LAT.