Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Gaelyn Whitley Keith

Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

Holly Hill Terrace Residence 

Located in one of Hollywood's most historic residential neighborhoods, plans for the development included height restrictions to guarantee that every home retained a view of the city below.  This residence is located in one of Hollywood's most historic residential neighborhoods, Whitley Heights. Whitley Heights was the last project of developer H. J. Whitley. He developed the area from 1918 to 1928 as an upper-middle-class, single-family residential neighborhood designed to resemble a Mediterranean hillside village. The concept of a hillside development was new to Los Angeles at the time, and the plans included graded roads, retaining walls, and flights of pedestrian steps. Height restrictions guaranteed that every home retained a view of the city below, and architectural design guidelines ensured that the neighborhood homes maintained the appearance of Mediterranean-style villas. This house on Holly Hill Terrace is designed in the Mediterranean style, featuring an L-shape plan that follows the unique configuration of the lot and an exterior clad in smooth-finished stucco. Over the years, this home has remained largely intact, with the exception of a two-story veranda added in 1941. The Conservancy holds an easement protecting the home's historic fa├žade. It is one of two easements held by the Conservancy in Whitley Heights, along with a residence on Milner Road.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Gaelyn Whitley Keith


What was it like to witness Hollywood's transformation from a tiny suburb of Los Angeles to the glamorous film capital of the world?  On this tour, you will learn the history of Hollywood from around 1885-1960, and have a chance to peek inside some of the hidden gems on the boulevard.

Join us to learn the story of how Hollywood transformed from a sleepy little town of orange groves into the center of the world's entertainment less than 50 years!  Take a walk back in time to visit the homes, shops, theaters, offices and restaurants that define Hollywood's historic identity.

You'll visit the oldest residential home on Hollywood Boulevard, visit a theater that hosted star-studded premieres during Hollywood's golden age, and sip a drink where Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks unwound after a long day of filming, and where writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway wrote classic American novels.

Our destinations include:

  • Hollywood's first and most famous movie theaters
  • The oldest remaining residence on the Boulevard
  • The longest continuously-operating restaurant in Hollywood
  • Architecturally iconic buildings
  • Hollywood's premiere shopping district during its Golden Age

Along the way you'll see how the story of Hollywood is still unfolding as the modern-day artists and creatives continue to reinvent their neighborhood while honoring its storied past. 

Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m.

(tickets available now)

  • Friday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. (tickets available now)
  • Saturday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m. (tickets available now)
  • Friday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. (tickets available now)
  • Friday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m.

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A Program of the Hollywood Business Owners Alliance

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Posted: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by Gaelyn Whitley Keith

Chamber Plans a Celebration of Hollywood Anniversaries this September! The Chamber’s Hollywood Anniversary Celebration is starting to grow! In addition to H J Whitley (it is 130 years ago on October 28, 1886 that Hollywood got its name), Leron Gubler, Hollywood Bowl, and TCL Chinese Theatre, all celebrating anniversaries this year, we also have the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the 85th anniversary of The Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, IATSE Local 706, and the 30th anniversary of Ana Martinez (“Stargirl”) handling the stars on the Walk of Fame! Our celebration in September will be oozing with decades of Hollywood history, and we want YOU to be a part of it! Please let us know if your business is celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2017. We will recognize our members in the weeks leading up to the event in the September. The date and location are TBA, however we know it will be a star-studded evening celebration with food, drinks, media, and historic photos on display. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on sponsorship and/or if you are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year! 

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Posted: Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by Gaelyn Whitley Keith

Chamber Plans a Celebration of Hollywood Anniversaries this September! Since announcing our Anniversary Celebration, we have learned of more anniversaries! The Hollywood Chamber will recognize more milestones at a star-studded evening celebration which will include food, drinksand historic photos on display. Although we are still working on the date and location for the event, we do have these reasons to celebrate:


• HJ Whitley named Hollywood 130 years ago
• Hollywood Bowl opened 95 years ago
• Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened 90 years ago
• The Montalblan Theatre opened 90 years ago
• TCL Chinese Theatre opened 90 years ago
• IATSE Local 706 is created 85 years ago
• Fanicifull Gift Baskets opened 30 years ago
• Musicians Institute opened in Hollywood 40 years ago
• Belmont Village opened 15 years ago
• Jackie “Pink Lady” Goldberg was a pink newborn 85 years ago
• Ana Martinez started handling the stars 30 years ago
• Leron Gubler took the helm of the Hollywood Chamber 25 years ago
• Vivian Kish started with the Chamber 20 years ago
• And Vin di Bona got his star on the Walk of Fame 10 years ago and will help us Emcee the event!

Help us add to the list by sending us your epic anniversary date and we will announce it in the next update! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on sponsorship and/or if you are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year!

The Chamber issued a request for proposals for new holiday decorations on Hollywood Blvd. The Chamber is considering ways to bring back decorations to the famous boulevard. 

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Posted: Friday, May 19th, 2017 by Gaelyn Whitley Keith

It has become difficult to snap a photo of the Hollywood Sign! Tourists must climb hillside streets and hiking paths to get a good picture. Those who live in the Hollywood Hills neighborhoods have gone to court to stop access to the iconic landmark. Fortunately, Mayor Eric Garcetti has come up with an alternative: Building a gondola to ferry visitors to the beloved sign.

“What could we do to actually bring people to the summit, to where the Hollywood sign is, without going through the neighborhoods to the south?” Garcetti mused during an interview on ABC 7. The idea isn’t new to Hollywood. Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said the suggestion dates back at least two decades and had been mentioned before by former City Councilman Tom LaBonge. In the past, “everybody just viewed that as a pipe dream,” Gubler said.

Read more: Will There Be A Gondola to Ferry Tourists to the Hollywood Sign?

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