Saturday, April 4, 2009

Side Door at the Afton Arms

Mission/Mission Revival - Hollywood

Afton Arms Apartments
L.A. Historic Cultural Monument 463
Designed in 1924 by the prominent local architect Leland A. Bryant, in the Mission Revival-style. Declared: 11/3/89
6141 Afton Place, Hollywood, CA 90028 Map

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  1. I just drove past the Afton Arms or as we tenants called it the "Malaga Castle" after many years absence. Passing through these doors day after day, once held up at knife point, slipping past Halloween revelers, famous and almost to nearly famous musicians, some who overdosed here, some who healed here, many who partied, attempted suicide and threw dressers out of balconies...a hollywood legend built on debauchery and desire.

  2. I lived there in the early eighties. I wasn't held up at knife point. I was held up at gun point, coming home from from my night job. That's only one of many vivid memories, not the least of which was the marquee across the street proclaiming such exhortations as "Special Blessings from the Lords of Saturn".

  3. I lived here back in 1977-1978. Small Studio Apt in back. $200 monthly! At that time the building manager shared with me the story that Joseph P. Kennedy had financed the buildings' construction originally. The Kennedy children would play in the basement when he visited. Screen Star Gloria Swanson had the upstairs apartment where, of course, Kennedy would visit from time to time. . . .or so the story goes.
    I enjoyed my time here as it was my very first apartment.
    Glad to see the building dedicated Historic Status.

    -Paul S.