The Whitley Heights Neighborhood
Whitley Heights is located where the Hollywood Hills East & Hollywood Hills West come together. Just east of the Hollywood Bowl and right behind the Hollywood Heritage Museum, occupies this area of lush hillside. Named after Hobart Johnstone "HJ" Whitley, the "Father of Hollywood". In 1918, HJ Whitley commissioned architect A.S. Barnes to design Whitley Heights as a Mediterranean-style village on the steep hillsides above Hollywood Boulevard, and it became the first celebrity community.
The neighborhood is roughly bordered on the north and east by Cahuenga Boulevard, on the west by Highland Avenue, and on the south by Franklin Avenue. It overlooks the tourist district of Hollywood, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater.
H.W. Whitley, who also helped develop Reseda, Van Nuys, and Hollywood, considered Whitley Heights his “crowning achievement.” Employing architect A.S. Barnes, Whitley sent him to tour and study the architecture and landscaping of the Mediterranean. Barnes designed the majority of the residences in Whitley Heights from 1918 to 1928, and recreated the ambiance of a Mediterranean village.
The beauty and seclusion of Whitley Heights’ architecture and terrain quickly made it the home of Hollywood’s elite. Unfortunately, the construction of the Hollywood Freeway divided the original layout of the neighborhood and destroyed many houses. However, the use of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in Whitley Heights led the way for the popularity of this architectural style throughout Los Angeles.
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