THE WINDSOR SQUARE HANCOCK PARK
HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
Wilshire Blvd. Temple / Photography by Tom Bonner.
A TOUR OF WILSHIRE BLVD TEMPLE
3663 Wilshire Boulevard
Sunday, November 4th at 9:45AM
Wilshire Boulevard Temple, known from 1862 to 1933 as Congregation B’nai B’rith, is the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. In it’s main building, it’s sanctuary is topped by a large Byzantine revival dome and decorated with interior murals. Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Please pay by check and send in the form below with your name as it appears on your driver’s license or passport – which ever you are bringing the day of the tour. If you are bringing another person we need that name as it appears on their ID.
The cost for WS-HPHS members is $15. The price for a guest is $20. You may pay by check by printing and filling out our form below or with Paypal with a small service fee.
* Your check must be in our PO Box by October 30th so that we can give a list of names to the temple. No exceptions.
Bring your ID* (name has to be the same as you gave us). Upon arrival, each attendee will be given a Visitor sticker which is to be worn for the duration of the tour. Tours last approximately one hour. Visitors will be escorted to the exit at the conclusion of the tour. Be prepared to climb and descend stairs.
Parking: The temple parking lot entrance is on the east side of Hobart Blvd. which is north of Wilshire Blvd. and south of 6th Street.
NOTE: Please drive north on Hobart from Wilshire and turn right into the parking structure – there is NO left turn into the parking structure.
For easiest parking enter the Grove through the Fairfax entrance
Between Beverly Boulevard and Third Street ( on Farmers Market Place) and park in either the Farmers Market or the North Market Parking Lot. Walk on Farmers Market Place towards the Grove parking structure.
Gilmore Adobe is located between Wood Ranch Barbecue and Umami Burger. We hope to have balloons to make finding the location easier.
The Gilmore Adobe will be behind a brown fence before you get to the Grove Parking Structure (on the North side of the street) .
We have 100 free validation passes. Please remember to ask for one.
Almost 100 local history buffs gathered in historic Fremont Place at one of the neighborhood’s most important and historic homes, 56 Fremont Place, the one-time residence of actress Mary Pickford, for tea and a fascinating talk by film historian Marc Wanamaker.
“The history of Los Angeles is in all these old movies because they used the city as their sets,” said Wanamaker, a film historian with one of the most extensive photo archives on the history of LA’s film industry. Wanamaker brought the hosts, Lani and Edwin Raquel, a board displaying historic photos of their house and actress Mary Pickford and family, who lived in the house for a year in 1918, just three years after the home, then known as the Helen Mathewson Home, was built.
“Only a handful of movie people lived in Fremont Place, but they used it as a set,” said Wanamaker, who also brought a photo of the neighborhood’s Wilshire Boulevard Gates from the 1921 Charlie Chaplin film “The Idle Class.”
“It’s so exciting to be here in Fremont Place exactly because it’s still here,” said Wanamaker, who frequently collaborates with the Los Angeles Conservancy and Hollywood Heritage to preserve neighborhood history.
Wanamaker spoke, without notes, for almost two hours, telling stories drawn from his extensive research and dozens of books over the years. While the talk was billed as stories of scandals, Wanamaker ended up debunking several long-standing Hollywood scandal stories, including several “murders” that were most likely accidents. The stories were just as interesting, though less scandalous, when filled in with facts provided by Wanamaker. His encyclopedic knowledge of the movies and the people who made them – many of whom Wanamaker knew personally – left the group wanting to hear more.
Wanamaker started his career as a filmmaker, founding the Los Angeles International Film Exposition, known as FILMEX, in 1971, and was involved in forming The American Cinematheque. In a unique position to collect materials from studios and realizing the importance of the film industry’s collections to telling the story of Los Angeles, Wanamaker created Bison Archives, a unique photographic collection that specializes in the history of the motion picture and television industry in the United States. Wanamaker is passionate about LA history, the movies and sharing his knowledge. (He also generously donated photos to this writer for the pictorial history, “Larchmont” for Arcadia Press.)
“I am thrilled to support anyone or any group that is trying to preserve local history. It’s so important and so much fun,” said Wanamaker.
Party begins with caroling lead by Suz Landay with Fluff McLean at Piano
$25.00 per person Proceeds will benefit the Society
RSVP by December 1 Reservations are limited
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WSHPHS: 137 North Larchmont Blvd., #135
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Parking Instructions: Street parking is by PERMIT ONLY on both sides of the street on the 700 North Las Palmas block (from Melrose Ave to Waring). Parking permits will be provided for this block only, and may be picked up at the house. Parking north & south and on surrounding streets is available without a permit. Handicap placards may park anywhere on the street; no parking permits are required for handicap.