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Mar. 21, 2012





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HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE AND PARAMOUNT GIVE HERITAGE MUSEUM A FACELIFT

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HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE AND PARAMOUNT GIVE HERITAGE MUSEUM A FACELIFT


In keeping with the celebration of Paramount Pictures’ 100th anniversary, the motion picture production company is putting some loving care into the building where their company was born - the Lasky-DeMille barn. The 1901 Hollywood stable was built by Col. Robert Northam, and later sold to Jacob Stern. Stern was the owner when it became a film studio in 1912. It was later rented to the Lasky Company, which purchased the property. The Lasky Company merged with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players Film Company and the Paramount Distributing Company to become Paramount Pictures Corporation. In 1979, Paramount donated the barn to Hollywood Heritage. Today it is the Hollywood Heritage Museum, operated since 1985 by Hollywood Heritage, a membership based non-profit, with an all-volunteer management and staff.


Paramount Pictures, along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Los Angeles County Preservation Fund, provided funds to prepare the building for a “new” coat of paint. The current painting of this California State Landmark returns the building to its original color scheme when Paramount was born.


Numerous researchers and historians both in and outside of the organization aided Hollywood Heritage in discovering the building’s construction date and color. Subsequent detailed paint studies taken from those remote portions of the building least changed in the last hundred years was conducted by Historic Resources Group of Pasadena, and confirmed descriptions in newspaper accounts of the building as “The Gray Lady” and leading it to be returned to a glorious gray once more (with a bit of dark green and white trim).


Paramount Pictures will provide both the paint and skilled labor to accomplish this restoration, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of March. “We are so gratified that Paramount Pictures has joined this restoration project, helping us to commemorate the building and the company’s history. As the sole link between early agrarian Hollywood and the entertainment capital it is today, this is an important landmark” said Hollywood Heritage president, Richard Adkins. Of equal importance is the donation by the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation of the refurbishing of the second story of the museum with new climate controlled storage and archival facilities.


Currently on display at the museum is an exhibit provided by Paramount Pictures and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of photographs and artifacts from 100 years of Paramount films. The museum which is located at 2100 N. Highland Ave. is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $7.00 and children under twelve are admitted free. Visit us online at www.hollywoodheritage.org


4 Comments:

  1. It was very inspiring to over look a bunch and house full of greatest artist memoirs. Beside, the way that the production treat it with love and care was romantic and I could identify that they were nice people preserving their prides.

    Posted by Larry Richardson on 05/01 at 12:57 AM
  2. Thanks for the information.  (I was there some time ago for a Charlie Chaplin event, before, I think, this renovation occurred.  I’m glad that people are taking care of it.)

    Posted by George Richard Wilkes on 07/08 at 07:07 PM
  3. Hollywood Heritage was part of the celebration of Hollywood’s 125th birthday on Feb. 1, 2012. This day marks the day in 1886 that Harvey Wilcox registered his acreage as “Hollywood” a name his wife Daida, suggested - based on the name of an Illinois estate belonging a traveling companion she had met on a trip West. The Cahueng Na indians called it “The Valley of the Smoke” and the Spanish called it Nopalera. As Hollywood, the Wilcox property, primarily through its association with the entertainment industry, is now internationally reknowned.

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