♥ BEVERLY HILLS CENTENNIAL 1914-2014

As the city, synonymous with constant sunshine, celebrity inhabitants, palm tree-lined streets, luxury real estate, world-class shopping & premiere dining celebrates its milestone one hundredth anniversary on January 28th, take a moment to appreciate its extraordinary evolution. From the early settlers to visionary Burton E. Green's first hotel onward to the present glittering gem that Beverly Hills has become, it is, and shall remain, an incomparable city in a distinct class all its own./sr
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My favorite restaurant - The Ivy. Robertson blvd

The Ivy Restaurant in Los Angeles, and Ivy at The Shore in Santa Monica offer classic American, Italian and regional dishes in a romantic atmosphere with patio dining.

Without photos like these, it’s hard to conceive of a time when Beverly Hills and its environs were largely rural. This was taken in 1920 and shows us how little this area was developed. Toward the top of the photo over to the left, you can see a black hand-drawn arrow – that’s the Beverly Hills Hotel. The large oval structure is the Los Angeles Speedway – aka the Beverly Hills Speedway (1919 to 1924.) It was a good location—there were hardly any neighbors disturbed by the noise!

Historical Los Angeles, California, The hand-drawn arrow, top left, is the Beverly Hills Hotel. Below Wiltshire is the Los Angeles Speedway.

Will Rogers Park opened in 1915 as the first municipal park in the Beverly Hills, at that time called Sunset Park. In 1926, entertainer Will Rogers was appointed first "Honorary Mayor" of Beverly Hills and in 1952 the City renamed the Park, Will Rogers Memorial Park.

The Beverly Hills Hotel and grounds c. 1915 the year the land across Sunset Blvd. from the hotel was donated to the new City of Beverly Hills for its first municipal park, called Sunset Park. Today it is Will Rogers Memorial Park.

BEVERLY HILLS:  This beautiful shopping arcade was located on the 400 block of North Beverly Drive in the 1930's.

BEVERLY HILLS: This beautiful shopping arcade was located on the 400 block of North Beverly Drive in the

Beverly Hills, California: On the upper left is J.W. Robinson's Department Store, on the right is the Beverly Hilton.

Beverly Hills, California: On the upper left is J. Robinson's Department Store, on the right is the Beverly Hilton.

Beverly Hills, 1939. North Beverly Drive and the west side of the 400 block.

Beverly Hills, North Beverly Drive and the west side of the 400 block.

I had a bit of a chuckle when I saw this 1921 photo of the First National Bank of Beverly Hills—it made me wonder, “Was there a second one?” Mind you, with all the money that floats around Beverly Hills, there might have been! After a bit of sleuthing, I found that this bank stood at 1418 Burton Way, which puts it on the curve near where Burton Way meets LA Cienega. I also discovered they printed their own bank notes and I have one posted on my website: http://wp.me/p5XK3w-2nP

The First National Bank of Beverly Hills, located at 1418 Burton Way in Beverly Hills, near the curve where Burton veers into La Cienega It closed in 1932 at the height of the Depression.

I wish I knew more about this photo than I do. This is Beverly Drive, in Beverly Hills, in 1929 on a night when I’m guessing something big was going on—at least big enough to warrant four searchlights.

I wish I knew more about this photo than I do. This is Beverly Drive, in Beverly Hills, in 1929 on a night when I’m guessing something big was going on—at least big enough to warrant four searchlights.

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