From Bogart to La Lohan: Chateau Marmont's Bungalows

From Bogart to La Lohan: Chateau Marmont's Bungalows

Grace Shu
Aug 14, 2007

Whenever I have people come and visit who are LA newbies, I like to give them the "Dark Side of LA" tour (in addition to the "There's the Hollywood Sign" tour). We drive by the Viper Room (for River Phoenix), the Peterson Automotive Museum (RIP Biggie), South Norton Ave (Black Dahlia), Johnnie's Coffeehouse (OK, the Big Lebowski isn't dark in the same way per se, but Johnnie's always makes the list), and finally FINALLY: The Chateau Marmont, the hotel of socialite debauchery, legendary rockstar behavior, and at least one mention in every E! True Hollywood story ever aired. (That last bit could be a slight exaggeration. But it feels true.) Now, a few years back, we spotlighted the lobby at Christmas, but in honor of Escapes month, let's take a peek at one of the Chateau's more intimate Hillside Bungalows. This particular one, frequented by Humphrey Bogart, was designed by Craig Ellwood in 1956 and was an extension of the Case Study Houses. Seeing this place will help you ignore the fact that Britney Spears is poolside dropping y'alls and snapping gum, or the crafts service truck from Entourage taking up 5 parking spots (FYI, parking sucks in general over here, but rent one of the cottages and you get your own driveway)--the mid-century architecture and the privacy of being tucked away will recall memories of Hollywood's golden age. That is, until someone tells you that John Belushi OD'd a few yards away. (RIP, Bluto Blutarsky.)
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