Scope and Content
Title: Album of photographs relating to development of Hollywoodland and Dana Point, California
Title supplied by cataloger.
Date (inclusive): 1923-1929
Call number: F869.H74 W662 1923
Woodruff, S.H. (Sidney H.), photographer.
1 album (30 photographic prints) : gelatin silver, 21 x 28 cm (album)
Photographs are mounted on rectos of canvas leaves, one to a page; a few have numbers in negative in the lower right corners,
probably stock numbers.
Bound in black pebble-grain leather covers, with three-hole binding, secured with brown cord; gold-stamped cover title, "S.H.
Woodruff. Community Developer. Hollywoodland, Dana Point, California." Manufacturer's green and white label on inside back
cover of J.L. Hanson Co. of Chicago, identifying album as a Badger album (J.L. Hanson Co. took over the album department of
the Heinn Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1922).
Spec. Coll. copy: with Album 1 in gray archival box with lid.
Abstract: Album of 30 photographs (19.3 x 25 cm), including four duplicate, relating to the real estate developments by S.H. Woodruff
in Hollywoodland (Los Angeles), and Dana Point, California between 1923 and 1929.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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[Identification of item], Album of photographs relating to development of Hollywoodland and Dana Point, California (Call number
F869.H74 W662 1923; Collection 1527, Box 2, Album 2). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library,
Real estate developer, architect, and builder. S.H. Woodruff came from a wealthy Michigan family, and worked as an architect
in the East before coming to California. He was involved in the reconstruction of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.
He is best known for his development of Hollywoodland, and Dana Point in the 1920s.
Scope and Content
The album includes four photographs of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, sites which inspired and influenced the architecture
and design of Woodruff's development of Dana Point. The single photo of the oceanfront strip of downtown Long Beach suggests
that Woodruff also studied the development and look of other coastal towns in California. Visible along the ocean are the
towers of the Villa Riviera and the Pacific Coast Club, and the rooftop sign for the West Coast Theatre, designed by the firm
of Meyer and Holler (architects also of Grauman's Chinese and Egyptian theatres in Los Angeles), and built in 1923-24 (now
demolished). There are 13 photos of Dana Point, featuring some of its homes, as well as scenes of swimming, sunning, horseback
riding, and fishing along the coast. Two copies of a photo of a group of yachtsmen, in nautical dress, gathered above on the
bluff to receive their trophies, suggest the popularity of boating and yachting in Dana Point. There are three photos of the
Blue Lantern Fountain Cafe at 34091Pacific Coast Highway, a service station and lunchroom still standing, and one of the Dana
Point Tract Office with sign bearing Woodruff's name. Also included are two copies of a photo of an architect's rendering
of a proposed residence for Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Woodruff, dated Dec. 1928; a caption on the back of one of them reads "Residence
built & completed. Dana Point, Calif." Photographs relating to Woodruff's development of Hollywoodland, beginning in 1923,
include a panoramic view of several houses among the hills, the Hollywoodland sign above, and Lake Hollywood in the foreground;
the Hollywoodland Tract Office at 2690 Beachwood Drive, and two photos of Hollywoodland houses, including the Spanish Revival
Busby Berkeley house, with honeycomb detailing on its garage doors. There are also some miscellaneous photos of commercial
properties in Santa Barbara (James R.H. Wagner Real Estate, Murray's restaurant, Michel A Levy shoe store), and two copies
of a close-up of avocados growing.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Architecture, Domestic --California --Los Angeles --Photographs.
Real estate development --California --Los Angeles --History --20th century.
Architecture, Domestic --California --Dana Point --Photographs.
Real estate development --California --Dana Point --Photographs.
Beaches --California --Dana Point --Photographs.
Avocado industry --California --Photographs.
Avocado --California --Photographs.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) --Photographs.
Sorrento (Italy) --Photographs.
Long Beach (Calif.) --Photographs.
Santa Barbara (Calif.) --Photographs.
Dana Point (Calif.) --Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Gelatin silver prints.
For additional photographs of Hollywoodland, see album
94/8 from the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94),
which contains 62 photographs by S.H. Woodruff of the development of Hollywoodland and Dana Point, many of which are duplicates
of the photographs in the present album; and Albums 1 and 2 in Box 2 of Collection of material about Hollywoodland (Collection
1527). See also
/ Mary Mallory and Hollywood Heritage Inc. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publishing, c2011.