Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs
Retaining Walls and
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. Touch 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); Hollywood’s First Major Film Company Studio (approx. 1.2 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 Site of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Hollywood Reporter (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Regarding Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs. 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 Canyon’s 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
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 . . .
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. Map of the the Historic Stairs. (Submitted on June 5, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
4. 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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Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 2,074 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 5, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.