The Ravenswood

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Ravenswood Apartments
The Ravenswood apartments view from north 2015-04-19.jpg
Location570 N. Rossmore Ave.
Coordinates34°04′52″N 118°19′37″W / 34.081069°N 118.326985°W / 34.081069; -118.326985Coordinates: 34°04′52″N 118°19′37″W / 34.081069°N 118.326985°W / 34.081069; -118.326985
ArchitectMax Maltzman
Architectural style(s)Art Deco
DesignatedNovember 2003[1]
Reference no.768
The Ravenswood is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
The Ravenswood
Location of Ravenswood Apartments in the Los Angeles metropolitan area

The Ravenswood is a historic apartment building in Art Deco style at 570 North Rossmore Avenue in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was designed by Max Maltzman,[2] and built by Paramount Pictures in 1930 just five blocks from the corner of Paramount's studios on Melrose Avenue.

Mae West lived in the penthouse from its 1930 opening until her 1980 death.[3][4][5] West, who invested in property throughout the Los Angeles area, bought the building when the management barred her then-boyfriend, African American boxer William "Gorilla" Jones, from entering the premises.[6] James Timony, West's long time manager, close friend, and one-time boyfriend (pre-1930's), lived in the building until his death in 1954.[7] Other residents have included Ava Gardner and Clark Gable, at different times.[3][8]

The Ravenswood was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2003.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Office of Historic Resources. "Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) List" (PDF). Department of City Planning. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  2. ^ Los Angeles Art Deco By Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, Amy Ronnenbeck Hall, Frank E. Cooper
  3. ^ a b Hartmann, Lawrence (2014-09-20). "Mae West Lived in Hollywood's Ravenswood Apartments". ChicagoNow. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  4. ^ "Mae West, Stage and Movie Star Who Burlesqued Sex, Dies at 87". NY Times.
  5. ^ Lord, Rosemary (2003). Hollywood Then and Now. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press. p. 77. ISBN 1-59223-104-7.
  6. ^ Watts, Jill (2003). Mae West: An Icon in Black and White. Oxford University Press US. p. 207. ISBN 0-19-516112-2.
  7. ^ Eels, Stanley (1982). Mae West. William Morrow & Co. pp. 55–61, 39–146, 188–191, 241. ISBN 0-688-00816-X.
  8. ^ "The Ravenswood: Luxury Apartments". Commercial Property Management, Inc. Retrieved 2017-04-18.