ABOUT US

ABOVE PHOTOS (FROM LEFT) Hollywood Heritage founders Marian Gibbons, Frances Offenhauser, Susan Peterson St. Francis, Mildred Heredeen, Christy Johnson McAvoy. CENTER Hollywood Blvd., c. 1930 RIGHT Opening of Hollywood Heritage Museum (FROM LEFT) Richard Adkins (HH President in 1985) Marian Gibbons, Supervisor Edmund Edelman, actor Charlton Heston, December 13, 1985.

 

 

 

Hollywood Heritage was founded in 1980 by Frances Offenhauser, Christy McAvoy, and Susan Peterson St. Francis with assistance from former Los Angeles County Supervisor John Anson Ford and Mildred Heredeen, former dean at the Art Center College of Design. Fran, Christy and Susan were involved in identifying historic structures in Hollywood for a survey for the Hollywood Economic Revitalization Effort organization and Marian was a freelance publicist who noticed the Lasky-DeMille barn as it sat on blocks in a parking lot on Vine Street. Marian had been involved in historic preservation in the midwest and wanted to join the Hollywood Historic Society - but there was none. Sharing a common concern, the four women decided they would start a Hollywood historic society, and thusly Hollywood Heritage was born as a California State 501 (c) (3) membership non-profit.


The organization's initial effort was to save the 1905 Janes House on Hollywood Boulevard, but their attention was soon drawn to the Lasky-DeMille barn. The building had been donated to the Hollywood Historic Trust arm of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, but an agreement was made by the chamber and Paramount Pictures Inc., to redonate it to Hollywood Heritage. In trying to find land to place the building on, Hollywood Heritage learned of an unsuccessful plan to locate a film museum opposite the Hollywood Bowl. With the assistance of former Supervisor Ford and then current Supervisor Edmund Edelman, Hollywood Heritage was able to negotiate a lease with the County of Los Angeles and have the barn placed on the former museum property. Following two years of restoration completed with volunteer labor and donated funds, the barn opened as a film museum in 1985.


At the same time, Hollywood Heritage was part of a group trying to save the Garden Court Apartments, a 1913 Frank Meline building on Hollywood Boulevard. That effort was unsuccessful but led to the plan to submit as much of Hollywood Boulevard as possible as a National Register District, which was successful and was added to the National Register in 1985.


With the sentiment of the community being not just education, but actual management of historic resources, Hollywood Heritage, also became steward of the Wattles Mansion, a 1906 Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey mansion. Hollywood Heritage, with the cooperation of many organizations, restored the mansion, which was returned to the city following the restoration.


Other successful Hollywood Heritage projects have included the relocation and preservation of the Janes House, the hat-shaped Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire and Alexandria and the Christine Wetherill Stevenson monument above the John Anson Ford Theatre off of Cahuenga Blvd.


Almost 35 years later, Hollywood Heritage continues to preserve and protect the historic built environment of Hollywood by actively interacting with city, state and federal agencies and by educating the public through the continued operation of the Hollywood Heritage Museum (the Lasky DeMille Barn) and by sponsoring and presenting programs at the museum on historical topics regarding preservation and film history.


Hollywood Heritage remains an all-volunteer membership organization and we encourage interested parties to visit the museum, attend our programs and become an active member of Hollywood Heritage.

 

 

Board of Directors

 

RICHARD ADKINS

President

 

BETH WERLING

 

Vice Presidentcon 54 chair

 

STEVE McAVOY

Treasurer

 

MARY MALLORY

Secretary

 

 

JEFFREY BURBANK

 

MAGGIE CHRISTIE

 

BRYAN COOPER

 

GUY LANGMAN 

 

BRIAN CURRAN            

 

ADAM FINER

JOHN GIRODO

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULIE FLEISCHER

 

HEATHER GOERS

 

JEFF PIRTLE

BILL ROSCHEN

ALAN SIMON

STAN TAFFEL

DONNA WILLIAMS

DAVID YBARRA

 

 

 

MARC WANAMAKER

Historic Consultant

Advisory Board

 

OSCAR and NYLA ARSLANIAN,

   Publishers and Editors of Discover                   Hollywood Magazine.  

JUDY BALABAN, Author

CARI BEAUCHAMP, Author & Historian

CECILIA DE MILLE PRESLEY, Author,

   Philanthropist

 

 

CROSBY DOE,

    Historic Properties Realtor

JOHN AND DEBORAH LANDIS

  Director; Costume Designer; Author

 

 

 

SHAUL KUBA, Principal CIM Group

 

 

 

LEONARD AND ALICE MALTIN

   Author, Film Critic

BETH MARLIS, Vice President,

   Musician’s Institute

LAWRENCE A. MIRISCH, Talent Agent

 

DAVID SONNE, Trustee.

    The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne 

    Oakie Charitable Foundation

DARNELL TYLER, Director,

 

   West Coast Real Estate, 

   Universal Studios

PAT AND MICHAEL YORK

 

    Actor; Photographer, Author

 

 

 

Hollywood Heritage - 2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068

P.O. Box 2586 Hollywood, CA 90028. (323) 874-4005 • FAX (323) 465-5993.

Hollywood Heritage Museum + Archive + Preservation Society

2100 N. Highland Ave.

Hollywood, CA 90028

Telephone:  (323) 874.2276  

Email: store@hollywoodheritage.org

Museum Hours:

Saturday and Sunday Noon - 4 PM

During the summer: Due to the Hollywood Bowl's schedule, please call to make certain that we are able to be open.