Monday, December 16, 2013

Down this mean street a man walked ...

Raymond Chandler's home at 6520 Drexel Ave, 
photo by your humble blogkeeper, information 
from Shamustown


... from October 1944 to 1946, when he worked for Paramount studios.  6520 Drexel Avenue is one of many places Raymond Chandler lived in and around Los Angeles. Visit Shamustown for the complete list.

This is the Malibu Pier, which Chandler turned into the Lido Pier in The Big Sleep. Remember when Marlowe gets called down to the pier to watch General Sternwood's Packard fished out of Santa Monica Bay with Owen Taylor in it? It happened here.

At right, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, which appears in The Long Goodbye as the Ritz-Beverly. Dashiell Hammett also lived here from October 1934. Sounds like a pilgrimage site to me.

More to come!

© Peter Rozovsky 2013

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9 Comments:

Blogger seana graham said...

That brick red is a very unusual color in L.A. in my experience. I wonder if that was how it looked in his day.

December 16, 2013  
Blogger R.T. said...

Ah, so many pilgrimage routes and so little time. It makes one want to live there permanently, doesn't it?

Have you made it to the Farmer's Market for lunch? What about Cantor's Deli? And for a real hoot, visit the tar-pits!

December 16, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana: Houses are painted at least every 65 years here. That house has been painted since Chandler lived there. It was likely a cream or adobe color back then, I am told.

December 17, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

R.T.: Yes on the Farmer's Market, where I had lunches at Du-Par's and the Korean Barbecue, and also on Canter's Deli. No on the tar pits this time. I forgot to stop in before or after my visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and at night I would nit have seen much. They've been there 10,000 years; they can wait until I return to the area for Bouchercon in November.

December 17, 2013  
Blogger R.T. said...

Is the pink elephant cake bakery still operating in Farmer's Market?

December 17, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I saw no pink elephants on this trip, but that does not mean they weren't there. There is much to see in the market.

December 17, 2013  
Anonymous stark32 said...

Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen also lived at the Beverly Wilshire. Beatty had a penthouse where the green trees are in your photo.

December 18, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

R.T.: A friend more knowledgeable than I offers this on the fate of the pink elephant cakes, which apparently had some illustrious fans.

December 18, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Stark: Thanks. McQueen is pretty cool despite the arguable happy ending to the movie version of The Getaway, and Beatty is allowed through these doors because of The Parallax View and Bonne and Clyde.

December 18, 2013  

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