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Peek Inside L.A.’s Lost Iconic Buildings


The Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed spaceThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed spaceThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed spaceThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectiondespite public outrage and protestThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectiondespite public outrage and protestThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectiondesigned by Canadian architect Louis BourgeoisThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectiondesigned by Canadian architect Louis BourgeoisThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectionthe property slowly fell into disrepair. It was already a relic of another time when it was demolished in 1927.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe ramblingThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe ramblingThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectionthe Hollywood Hotel lingered on. It was finally torn down by developer C.E. Toberman in 1957.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionIn 1927The Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionIn 1927The Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectionthe Garden of Allah had become shady instead of chic. It was torn down to make way for the Lytton Savings and Loan Bank.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionThe Pickfair mansion was the home of the silent film era’s king and queenThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectionwho moved into the home in 1919.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo CollectionThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank CollectionMary Pickford lived in Pickfair until she died in 1979. The mansion was soon bought by Lakers owner Jerry BussThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectionto howls of protestThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectionto howls of protestThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collection200 roomsThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collectiona theaterThe Brown Derby flagship restaurant moved in 1937 to this Carl Jules Weyl–designed space, whimsically built in the shape of a hat.; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection/Security Pacific National Bank Collection

Alas, you can no longer party at Pickfair or the Garden of Allah. But you can relive L.A.'s glorious, debaucherous past by delving into these photos. Read more about these historic wonders here.