Montecito Apartments

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Montecito Apartments
Montecito Apartments, Hollywood, California.JPG
Montecito Apts, 2008
Location 6650 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Coordinates 34°6′18″N 118°20′3″W / 34.10500°N 118.33417°W / 34.10500; -118.33417Coordinates: 34°6′18″N 118°20′3″W / 34.10500°N 118.33417°W / 34.10500; -118.33417
Built 1930
Architect H.M. Baruch Corp.; Miller,Marcus P.
Architectural style Art Deco
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

85001592

[1]
Added to NRHP July 18, 1985

Montecito Apartments is a large apartment building in Hollywood, California, USA. It was built in 1935 in the zig-zag Art Deco style and was the home for many Hollywood celebrities, including James Cagney, Mickey Rooney and Montgomery Clift. It was also Ronald Reagan’s first home when he moved to Hollywood in 1937. In 1985, the building was converted to a low-income housing project for senior citizens.

Early years[edit]

The building was built in 1935 with 95 units at a cost of $1 million.[2] Set on a hill overlooking the city, the Montecito is the highest building in Hollywood.[3] It has a private swimming pool, two subterranean garages and a parking lot.[3] The building is a classic Art Deco design with Mayan influences and windows arranged in vertical blinds.[4] In 1946, it was sold for $600,000.[5] In 1954, it was sold again, this time by Isadore and Libby Teacher to Howard Fox and Harry Wyatt.[2]

Home for Ronald Reagan and other actors[edit]

The Montecito was once frequented by movie stars, especially New York based actors while working in Hollywood. The Montecito was Ronald Reagan’s first residence when he moved to Hollywood; Reagan lived at the Montecito from June 1937 to late 1938.[6] Reagan was said to have been roommates at the Montecito with Mickey Rooney.[7] Other celebrities who have lived at the Montecito include James Cagney,[8] George C. Scott,[9] Montgomery Clift,[4] Geraldine Page,[8] Don Johnson, Sal Mineo, and Ben Vereen.[10]

Renovation and conversion to senior housing[edit]

Front view of Montecito Apts.

In 1970, rents ranged from $180 to $400 for furnished apartments.[3] In 1984, the owners obtained grants and loans from the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”) and HUD to rehabilitate the building and convert it into 180 apartments for low income senior citizens.[11][12] In 1988, the Los Angeles Conservancy presented an award to the Montecito for the redevelopment project.[13]

In 1995, the owners defaulted on loans, and Bank of America foreclosed on the building.[14] The foreclosure triggered CRA losses that amount to $8.2 million.[15]

Historic designation[edit]

In 1985, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Montecito has been described as “one of the finest examples of the Art Deco style, with Mayan influence detailing.”[12] It is also significant for its architectural quality and integrity and as the finest extant work of architect Marcus P. Miller.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Purchased". Los Angeles Times. 1954-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Montecito Apartments Put on Sale". Los Angeles Times. 1970-11-22. 
  4. ^ a b Thomas Dangcil (2002). Hollywood Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-2073-X. 
  5. ^ "Ten-Story Structure Deal Heads $2,000,000 Sales List". Los Angeles Times. 1946-02-17. 
  6. ^ "Residences of Ronald Reagan". Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. 
  7. ^ Michael Szymanski (1990-07-15). "Where Pigs Danced and Waitresses Reached for Stars". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ a b "Old Hollywood". Just Above Sunset. 
  9. ^ Robert Reinhold (1988-04-01). "Hollywood, Tattered and Troubled, Seeks Revival With a New Costume". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "Places of Interest". Discover Hollywood. 
  11. ^ Penelope McMillan (1984-10-24). "10 L.A. County Projects Gain $11 Million in HUD Funding". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ a b c "Conversion of Hotel Started in Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. 1985-05-12. 
  13. ^ Sam Hall Kaplan (1988-06-18). "Awards for Making the Old New". Los Angeles News. 
  14. ^ Anne Rackham (1995-08-21). "CRA takes beating in Hollywood investments - Los Angeles, California's Community Redevelopment Agency". Los Angeles Business Journal. 
  15. ^ Chip Jacobs (1996-01-27). "Losses Strain CRA: Bad deals cost $50 million". Daily News (Los Angeles).