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Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs

 
 
Hollywoodland's Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan
1. Hollywoodland's Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs Marker
Inscription.
Hollywoodland's Granite
Retaining Walls and
Interconnecting Granite
Stairs

Built 1923 Declared 1991

Historic-Cultural Monument No. 535

 
Erected 1991 by City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission Cultural Affairs Department. (Marker Number 535.)
 
Location. 34° 7.267′ N, 118° 19.367′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Woodshire Drive half a mile south of North Beachwood Canyon Drive. Click for map. There are six sets of stairs throughout the Hollywoodland development. The stairways are north of the Hollywoodland Gates and begin off of Woodshire Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2795 Woodshire Drive, Los Angeles CA 90068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Honorable Edmund D. Edelman (approx. 1.1 miles away); James Dean (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Warner Pacific Theatre (approx. 1.4 miles away); Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby (approx. 1.4 miles away); Site of the Pig' N Whistle (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Hollywood Reporter (approx. 1.8 miles away); Award of Excellence KTLA-TV (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs.
Hollywoodland's Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, May 1999
2. Hollywoodland's Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs Marker
Rising above the city of Los Angeles and situated below the famous Hollywood sign lie six stone stairways that connect the upper and lower portions of Beachwood Canyonís winding streets. The steps, as with the stone gate are part of the original Hollywoodland residential development. The enormous sign, with 45' high letters is situated atop Mt. Lee overlooking Hollywoodland and Los Angeles. The sign now reads “Hollywood” but when it was erected in 1923 in conjunction with the housing development it read “Hollywoodland”. After subsequent deterioration, the sign was shortened to “Hollywood” in 1949. The area however is still referred to as "Hollywoodland".

During the housing developments formative years, Italian masons constructed an extensive complex of retaining walls and the six granite stairways to facilitate access to the different upper and lower neighborhoods and preserve the integrity of the homes built in the Hollywood Hills. Local granite from the Union Rock Quarry was used for the walls and stairs as well as throughout the many residences. Today, many locals refer to the Union Rock Quarry as the “Bat Caves” as a portion of the quarry was used in the 1960ís Batman television series.

The stairs are an arduous climb and are adjoined by private residences. The Hollywoodland gate is situated at the entrance to Hollywoodland on N.Beachwood Canyon Drive.
 
Also see . . .
View looking up a set of stairs image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, May 1999
3. View looking up a set of stairs

1. Hollywoodland Historic Stairs. Extensive information about the location of the six stairs and walking them. (Submitted on June 5, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.) 

2. The Story of Hollywoodland. (Submitted on June 5, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
3. Hollywood Historic Neighborhood Profile. (Submitted on June 5, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
4. Map of the the Historic Stairs. (Submitted on June 5, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
5. The Hollywood Sign. The sign formerly read Hollywoodland (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. Hollywoodland Stairs, Hollywood, Beachwood Canyon
 
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The Hollywood Land Granite Gate image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, March 1998
4. The Hollywood Land Granite Gate
N. Beachwood Canyon Drive leading to stairs - Hollywood Sign at top image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, May 1999
5. N. Beachwood Canyon Drive leading to stairs - Hollywood Sign at top
View looking down a set of stairs image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, May 1999
6. View looking down a set of stairs
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 1,945 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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