D.W. Griffith – photos and quotes

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D.W. Griffith

“I wonder if you realize that every community, from that of a city like London to the very smallest village in saddest Russia, is well acquainted with your mountains, roadways, streets, through the motion picture – and very well acquainted with a large part of your Los Angeles population, the motion picture people.” – D.W. […]

Celebrity Portraits

Mabel Normand – photos and quotes

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Mabel Normand

“Just because I’m a little – well, you know, different – people believe anything weird about me.” – Mabel Normand Photographer: Aaron Tycko (1919)   “When Miss Normand first came to my company, she got such a small salary that I can’t think of any word short enough to tell about it. Now she gets the second […]

Famous Visitors

Edward Doheny – Los Angeles Oil Tycoon

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Edward Doheny

In August 1907, Los Angeles oil tycoon Edward Doheny (1856-1935) hosted one of the Alexandria Hotel’s first themed banquets. He entertained 40 people. Many of them were Mexican bankers, politicians and executives connected with his Mexican Petroleum Company. The banquet had an exotic theme. The Alexandria’s original banquet room (on the Mezzanine/second floor) became a tropical sunken garden with ferns […]


U.S. President William Howard Taft – 1911

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Alexandria Hotel

On October 16, 1911, U.S. President William Howard Taft arrived in Southern California for a whirlwind tour of Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Alhambra. The visit was not without drama. The McNamara brothers trial for the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times building was about to begin. The high profile case required heightened security for […]