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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Wilshire Boulevard Getty Mansion

Has anyone in this forum seen any photos of the famous Getty Mansion that was on Wilshire Boulevard, between S Irving Boulevard & Lorraine Boulevard? It was built in the early 1920's and was most famous as the mansionused in the 1950 film " Sunset Boulevard "

It was sadly demolished in 1957. Any help or links anyone has would be very gratefully received.

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Old July 3rd, 2010, 07:32 AM   #2
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One of my favorite Movies, being that I love b&w movies from the golden Age.

Are there any good pictures of it out there????
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 09:52 AM   #3
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Here's the location todaywise ..
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There is very litle in the way of photos for some strange reason. I have some views from a distance but not much else. You would think with such an iconic building related to the film industry of LA there would be more.

And the photo of the car park is a sad reminder of the fate of a lot of classical buildings not only in LA but worldwide!
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Old July 4th, 2010, 02:07 AM   #5
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I saw pictures of it just before it was demolished, it was decrepid, dirty, overgrown with vegetation, a far cry from what it looked like in "Sunset Boulevard".
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Thats the problem when buildings such as these are left to rack and ruin! It's a perfect excuse for developers to get rid of them. The stunning classical houses running along the back of Wilshire Boulevard such as S Irving, Lorraine Boulevards and beyond give you an indication of what the mansion would have looked like today had it been renovated instead of demolished.
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I did some digging around.

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Overlay of the Mansion on Wilshire Blvd and Crenshaw.

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The building on site.

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I don't think that the "Sunset Blvd" Mansion was the Getty Mansion, or was it?
Cause just north on the same block is the Getty House, the Official Residence of the mayor of Los Angeles.

http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=34.062...4&z=18&l=0&m=b
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Thanks to everyone that posted information and photos. Very much appreciated.

Yes you're right Kenni, there is another house thats called Getty House. Its down the road at 605 S Irving Boulevard. But sadly it's not THE house! More info about it below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getty_House
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Here's some more information I have that has been compiled from various sources.


The mansion was originally built by William O Jenkins, United States Consul in Mexico who became a multimillionaire sugar producer, maker of Mexican films & businessman. He was reputedly the richest man in Mexico. The house was built in the early 1920's when Wilshire Boulevard was mainly residential. Jenkins and his family lived in it for just one year, 1924, before he moved back to Mexico.

The glorious old Renaissance-style mansion, which stood at 641 Irving Boulevard on the corner of Wilshire and Crenshaw Boulevards, consisted of 14 bedrooms, its walls made of concrete and steel and lined inside with brick 13 inches thick. Steel crossbeams heavy enough for a skyscraper formed part of the structures skeleton. Imported tiles adorned the walls and ceilings of the bathrooms and kitchens and where the library used to be there was a bank type walk in vault. It was about 10 foot square, a massive cubicle with walls of concrete and steel thick enough for a battle line pill box. The floors consisted of complicated parquetry and a black walnut staircase adorned the formal entry.

The magnificent gardens consisted of a terraced fountain with fish ponds at either end, which led to a sunken garden. Running parallel to Lorraine Boulevard was the tennis court. Alongside this was the huge garage with its luxury quarters above for servants. The house cost nearly $250,000 to build, a value today of nearly $2,500.000. The house was left empty for over 10 years before being purchased by oil billionaire John Paul Getty in 1936.

The house is most famous for being used in the 1950 Paramount film “ Sunset Boulevard “ starring Gloria Swanson & William Holden. Only the exterior of the house and the gardens were used. The interiors were filmed at the Paramount studios. At the time of filming the house had passed to Mrs J P Getty as part of a divorce settlement and she in turn rented the property out to Paramount on condition the company built her a swimming pool. And if Mrs Getty didn’t like the pool, the studio would have to remove it. Paramount built it, Mrs Getty liked it, and it stayed, which is just as well…

Building restrictions which expired in 1961 prevented the house from being demolished earlier. But in 1954 Getty won a suit against 169 property owners of Windsor Square to have the restriction set aside. It was finally demolished in 1957 to replaced by a nondescript white office block.
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Architectural Digest April 1998 anyone????

Appartently there was an article called " Sunset Boulevard, The origins of the Getty Mansion" in the April 1998 edition of Architectural Digest. Has anyone on here got a copy, seen the article and if so is it worth buying a back copy?

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