The Town House (Los Angeles)
The Town House
The Town House in May 2008
|Location||2959-2973 Wilshire Blvd. and 607-643 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, California|
|Architect||Alpaugh, Norman W.|
|Architectural style||Beaux Arts|
|NRHP Reference #||96000821|
|Added to NRHP||December 15, 1997|
The Town House was developed as one of the most luxurious apartment-hotels in Southern California. Built at a cost of $3 million, it opened on September 11, 1929 and was designed by Norman W. Alpaugh. It is a very late example of the Beaux Arts style, with a brick and terra cotta facade with classical detailing. The building was converted to operate exclusively as a hotel in 1937, featuring one of the most glamorous nightclubs in the city, the Zebra Room, with interiors by noted designer Wayne McAllister.
Conrad Hilton bought the Town House in 1942, paying owner Arnold Kirkeby $150,000 cash and assuming $830,000 of debt. Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her first marriage, to Hilton heir Nicky Hilton, at the hotel in 1950. The Town House was sold to Sheraton Hotels in 1954 and became the Sheraton-Town House. In 1958, Sheraton renamed the hotel the Sheraton-West Hotel. Sheraton sold the hotel to the Kyo-Ya group in 1972, although Sheraton retained management. In 1978 the hotel's name reverted to the Sheraton-Town House. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the area around Lafayette Park became less desirable and more dangerous and after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the hotel finally closed in February 1993. It was later converted and reopened in 2001 as low-income housing.
The Town House was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1994 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1997. Other registered historic sites within one block of the Town House include the Bryson Apartment Hotel, Bullocks Wilshire, the Felipe de Neve branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system, and the Granada Shoppes and Studios.
- List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in the Wilshire and Westlake areas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Los Angeles
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
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