The French Cottage hotel stood a few feet away from Sunset and Highland, near a stretch of old hotels and motels which are vanishing as steadily and unnoticed as Midwest meadowlarks.

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After the French Cottage closed as a hotel a few months ago there was a sign saying it could be rented for filming.

A few weeks after that, it was gutted, and left standing as an empty hull. One day it was clean, the next covered in huge yellow tags. A week after that all the doors and roofs were removed, revealing blue patterned wallpaper inside the rooms.

Once, there was breakfast, according to the sign.

All photos by Mark Mauer

LA Weekly