|One of the many directional street signs.|
|The plaque outside of the main entrance.|
“The Wizard of Oz” was filmed at MGM and the Culver Hotel became the temporary home for over a hundred of the little people who played the Munchkins in the film. This rich history of the hotel has sparked rumors of under ground tunnels existing beneath the building. The rumors state that the tunnels were used for safe travel between the hotel and the studio, to avoid the busy traffic of the boulevard. Rumors also speculate that the tunnels were used to usher booze into the hotel during the prohibition era.
|The hotel has an odd shape to it.|
When entering the hotel, it is obvious that every inch of the tall but skinny building is used to its max capacity. The lobby serves as a bar and tearoom, possibly confusing anyone who walks through the door with the lack of an entryway and check-in desk. Every open space of the hotel is also available to be rented out for events, including the outdoor patio, the lobby and even Harry Culver’s old office, all with an offered max capacity adjusted for sitting or standing guests, just to make the most of each room. The hotel was designed by architect Claud Bellman, who is now known for creating many of Los Angeles’ historical landmarks. There were over 60 rooms and only one restroom per floor, which was the standard for that era. Once MGM moved offices and shortly after Harry Culver’s passing the hotel began to deteriorate as it sat in real estate limbo.
|The Grand Entrance to the hotel|