Tuesday, July 18, 2006
the trianon, commissioned by the legendary hollywood couple, mary pickford and douglas fairbanks jr, as apartments for actors and actresses in a (then) conveniently located part of the 'wood. it was built in 1928 by noted architect, leland a. bryant, who specialized in luxury apartment buildings, but whose best known work is probably the sunset tower hotel in west hollywood.
french-inspired architecture was popular in hollywood during the twenties and thirties, but as most châteaux and castles were single family dwellings on a grand scale, they were reimagined as apartment complexes. although the building is named after the home of mme. du pompadour in versailles, it was actually architecturally inspired by chateau d’azay-le-rideau in the loire valley. i suppose d'azay le rideau isn't as catchy as trianon. certainly i can't get that damned fleetwood mac song out of my head.
anyway, i digress. the building is still fully occupied (you can live there, too!), and i imagine it to be quite a unique place to live. v. hollywood fantasy. v. hollywood fantastic.
1750-1754 n. serrano ave (x-street loma linda)