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Old 12-27-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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There are a lot of really nice looking apartment buildings and other midrise buildings along this stretch which is unlike the single family homes that surround that street. Does anyone know what the history behind that development is? It seems like it was a posh area from a bygone era of Los Angeles.
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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There are a lot of really nice looking apartment buildings and other midrise buildings along this stretch which is unlike the single family homes that surround that street. Does anyone know what the history behind that development is? It seems like it was a posh area from a bygone era of Los Angeles.
I don't know what the history is but I like to drive visitors through that area if I am headed in that direction because it is pretty impressive.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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There is alot of history on that street. The Ravenswood apts at 570 N. Rossmore Ave was home to stars like Ava Gardner, Clark Gable and Mae West who lived there in one of the top floor penthouses for over 40 years until her death in 1980.

The Mauretania Apts at 520 N. Rossmore Ave. is a beautiful green art deco/streamline apt bldg. Its one of my favorite on the street. Jack Haley, the tinman from The Wizard Of Oz and his wife Flo lived there from 1934 to 1954. Senator John F. Kennedy stayed there during the 1960 democratic convention, supposedly with Marilyn Monroe.

Also around the corner at 401 S.Muirfield Rd sits the home of the late singer Nat King Cole and his family. The were the the first black family to move into Hancock Park in 1948 under great opposition from the all white community.

Also check out this article.
The Bizarre Saga of 410 North Rossmore Avenue | Paradise Leased

Hope this helps. Rossmore is one of my favorite streets in Los Angeles.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:23 PM
 
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Im pretty sure theyre still upscale buildings
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Riverside
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There is alot of history on that street. The Ravenswood apts at 570 N. Rossmore Ave was home to stars like Ava Gardner, Clark Gable and Mae West who lived there in one of the top floor penthouses for over 40 years until her death in 1980.

The Mauretania Apts at 520 N. Rossmore Ave. is a beautiful green art deco/streamline apt bldg. Its one of my favorite on the street. Jack Haley, the tinman from The Wizard Of Oz and his wife Flo lived there from 1934 to 1954. Senator John F. Kennedy stayed there during the 1960 democratic convention, supposedly with Marilyn Monroe.

Also around the corner at 401 S.Muirfield Rd sits the home of the late singer Nat King Cole and his family. The were the the first black family to move into Hancock Park in 1948 under great opposition from the all white community.

Also check out this article.
The Bizarre Saga of 410 North Rossmore Avenue | Paradise Leased

Hope this helps. Rossmore is one of my favorite streets in Los Angeles.
Thanks pw, and OP. Gorgeous hood, I had no idea of all the history. I bookmarked the area for a driving tour next time I'm in town.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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Old Hollywood at its finest and best preserved. A treasure.
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Old Hollywood at its finest and best preserved. A treasure.
I agree. I know when I first moved here in 2010 one of the first things I wanted to see was the Nat King Cole home. When I found Hancock Park I asked several residents walking the neighborhood where his house was located, to my surprise no one knew who I was talking about. I didn't ask any teenagers but people from their 30s to probably 70s. After that I just googled it and found it myself.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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