The Ravenswood

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Coordinates: 34°04′52″N 118°19′37″W / 34.081069°N 118.326985°W / 34.081069; -118.326985

Ravenswood Apartments
The Ravenswood apartments view from north 2015-04-19.jpg
Location 570 N. Rossmore Ave.
Built 1930
Architect Max Maltzman
Architectural style(s) Art Deco
Designated 2003[1]
Reference no. 768

The Ravenswood is a historic apartment building at 570 North Rossmore Avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Designed by architect Max Maltzman[2] and built by Paramount Pictures in 1930, it is considered a landmark Art Deco masterpiece. It has been declared a Historic-Cultural Monument (no. 768) by the City of Los Angeles.[1]


Throughout the years, it housed several movie stars, including Mae West,[3] Ava Gardner[4] and Clark Gable.[citation needed]

Mae West moved into Apartment #611, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit, shortly after her arrival in Hollywood in 1932.[citation needed] The apartment had been reserved for her by Paramount and she liked it so much she never left. Offered a lifetime lease, she eventually had a share in the building when she lent the owners some money and they used the building as collateral. West lived there until her death in 1980.[citation needed]

Artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres also resided here for a time.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ Los Angeles Art Deco By Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, Amy Ronnenbeck Hall, Frank E. Cooper
  3. ^ Lord, Rosemary (2003). Hollywood Then and Now. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press. p. 77. ISBN 1-59223-104-7. 
  4. ^ "The Ravenswood Official Site". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 

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