Hollywood in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Spanish Colonial Revival style. Frank Webster, architect. Built 1929. Declared 2009, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 956, Cultural Heritage Commission, City of Los Angeles.
Erected 2009 by City of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 956.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1929.
Location. 34° 6.282′ N, 118° 20.369′ W. Marker is in Hollywood, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and Bonita Terrace, on the left when traveling north on Hillcrest Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1817 Hillcrest Rd, Los Angeles CA 90068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Magic Castle (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Los Angeles Dodgers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chinese Heaven Dogs (approx. 0.2 miles away); El Capitan TheatreChinese Theatre (approx. ¼ mile away); Hollywood American Legion Post 43 (approx. ¼ mile away); Max Factor Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hollywood.
Regarding Villa Bonita. Studio heads in early Hollywood often commissioned the building of apartments to house their crews and performers. Villa Bonita was built in 1929 for the cast and crew of director Cecil B. DeMille. Designed by local architect Frank Webster, the building's owner was Sidney Ullman, Rudolph Valentino's business manager and agent. Like many in the industry, Ullman used his profits to invest in real estate. Celebrity residents of Villa Bonita have included Errol Flynn and Francis Ford Coppola. The seven-story building with 24 apartments was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. A photography book about the building with text by director Cameron Crowe was released in 2016.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 3, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.