8782 W Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

Old World Restaurant

Construction date: 1935*

Current name:

State Social House


Louis L. Dorr


California Investment Company


French Revival


Status of Historic Designation:

Not currently designated at national, state, or local level

Status Code:



West Hollywood 1926-World War II

Period of Significance:

1926 - 1945


Before the 1920s Sunset Boulevard was unpaved and surrounded by poinsettia fields, but by the early 1920s it was the main artery between the motion picture studios in Hollywood and the preferred residential area for film stars in Beverly Hills. Sewer and gas lines were installed and residential streets graded and named north of Sunset in 1923. While Santa Monica Boulevard was characterized by the electric streetcar, Sunset Boulevard was designed for the automobile. The earliest commercial development began in 1925 by Francis S. Montgomery in an area later known as Sunset Plaza, a collection of upscale shops and offices with extensive parking located behind each building. By 1930, property owners were lobbying for zone changes and infrastructure improvements that would pave the way for commercial development. Businesses related to the entertainment industry including talent agencies, publicists, and managers began to open offices in small buildings lining the street. At night, the street was the playground for the Hollywood elite. The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 facilitated the growth of even more restaurants and nightclubs. (See continuation sheet.)

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Individually eligible

Architectural Description:

This is a 2.5-story restaurant in the French Revival style built in 1935. The building is rectangular in plan. Exterior walls are stucco and board and batten. The building has a hipped roof clad in original slate with extending and two hip-roofed dormers. There is one offset right, front slope, stuccoed chimney. The second story has two set of three diamond-paned windows, each within a hipped semi-dormer. The first story has a set of three storefront windows on each end of the facade and a set of three diamond-paned windows on each side of the central main entryway. The main entryway is centered on the primary elevation facing Sunset Boulevard and consists of a wood battened door. It is accessed by a five-step stairway with metal railing.

* Date source: Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor

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