Hollywood, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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Hollywood, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Hollywood Tavern at the corner of Huntingdon Pike and Gibson Avenue
Hollywood Tavern at the corner of Huntingdon Pike and Gibson Avenue
Hollywood is located in Pennsylvania
Hollywood
Hollywood
Coordinates: 40°05′23″N 75°05′37″W / 40.08972°N 75.09361°W / 40.08972; -75.09361Coordinates: 40°05′23″N 75°05′37″W / 40.08972°N 75.09361°W / 40.08972; -75.09361
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Township Abington
Elevation 246 ft (75 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19046
Area code(s) 215 and 267
GNIS feature ID 1203828[1]

Hollywood is an unincorporated community in the southern portion of Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is well known for its collection of Southern California-style homes.

The 174-home neighborhood got its start when a builder from California, Gustav Weber, filed plans to build a small subdivision in 1928. The homes were built in pastel colors with flat roofs, similar to Spanish-style homes in the Los Angeles area. Streets were named Los Angeles, San Diego, Pasadena and San Gabriel.[2]

However, one of Weber's problems was that the neighborhood landscaping and hardscaping features were not built to cope with the Northeastern winters. Plants native to Southern California and Moravian tile sidewalks were included in his plans. The plants died in the cold. The tile cracked and was replaced by concrete. As a result, modifications were made to the area after it was built.

The neighborhood was never finished according to Weber's plans. Possible reasons ranged from the 1929 stock market crash to an unfaithful wife.[2] A local developer finished the development in the 1940s.[3] The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has listed the area as eligible for national registry. As a result, residents can apply for federal grants to maintain the historical character of the neighborhood.[4]

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