Built in 1929 and designed by by architects Arnold A. Weitzman and William Douglas Lee as an apartment complex, was later turned into a hotel in 1931. The Marmont quickly gathered a reputation as being a hollywood star get-away due to it's effectiveness to block off the media. Over the years, celerberties such as Lindsey Lohan, Scarlet Johanssen, and Led Zepplin have caused trouble at the hotel. Enjoy your stay and have your cameras ready, you never know what a celerbirty will do next.
The Chateau Marmont is a historic hotel in Los Angeles and
has been the playground for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars over the years.
the hotel received its name from the street bordering the walls of the
structure. Harry Cohn, the head of Columbia Pictures in the 1930s, famously
declared, “If you must get into trouble, do it at the Marmont,” (Cooper, 2018).
This quote exemplifies the notorious reputation the hotel has gained since its
grand opening on February 1st, 1929, due to deadly overdoses, evections, and
infamous scandals. With a vintage, gothic look, the Marmont still holds an “old
Hollywood charm”, (Cooper, 2018), and has a European estate themed landscape,
complementing the antique and nostalgic look.
The hotel was designed by architects Arnold A. Weitzman and
William Douglas Lee, and construction was ordered in 1926 by Fred
Horowitz. Originally designed as a
luxury apartment building, it was later renovated into a hotel in the wake of
the stock market crash of 1929. With the onset of the Great Depression, the
owners were unable to keep up with the tenants because of this, leading
Horowitz to decide to sell the building to Albert E. Smith for $750,000 in
cash. This change led to major renovations over the years, as Smith added
bungalows, cottages, a swimming pool, and even made it earthquake proof. These innovations led to more revenue,
allowing the Marmont to stay open during the tough period, and to thrive after
it. It officially became The Chateau
Mormont Hotel in 1931. Not much changed structurally and culturally over the
next twenty years, but fun was never the problem. Many years of shenanigans
occurred before another owner purchased the hotel in 1990s, and restored the
hotel, bringing a fresh aura, while also maintaining the almost trademark
antique look and feel.
At nearly 90 years old, The Chateau Mormont has seen its
fair share of mischief, including Jim Morrison falling off his balcony in 1971,
lethal speedball injections in 1982, Jay-Z house parties in 2018, and lifetime
bans 2012. Allowing famous people to
work in peace while being in Hollywood is rare, making this spot an ideal spot
to wind down and hide out from the public. Shawn Levy, a Canadian film
director, producer and actor, wrote in an article that, “The story of the
Chateau Marmont parallels the story of Hollywood so thoroughly as to be
inseparable from it.” (Rozzo, 2019). It has also appeared in multiple movies,
“the Chateau Marmont has been a muse to many, and has appeared in films
including Almost Famous, Four Rooms, The Doors, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere and
recently at the end of La La Land.” (Cooper, 2018). Hollywood and the Marmont
will always be intertwined, giving it one of the most unique backstories
cements' it as a historical monument.
The upbringing of this hotel has survived the worst economic
depression of all time, multiple deaths involving celebrities, and even
multiple major earthquakes. This means this hotel has stood through major parts
of US history, making it essentially part of it. The beautiful architecture
captures the Hollywood persona, and will forever be a Los Angeles classic. In
10 years, the hotel will have stood for a century, showing its impressive
longevity and proving it has lived through history, and added plenty to it.