I haven’t had any opportunity to take photos since I started this, so I thought I would share some of my old favorites with you. These photos were taken over 20 years ago with a 35mm film SLR.
I have a huge love for both Charlie Chaplin and storybook architecture, so when I found the Formosa Cottages, aka the Hansel and Gretel Cottages, my mind was blown. They were rumored to have been built by Chaplin as either a movie set or guest housing for his nearby studios. One rumor is that they were built as a set for “A Woman of Paris,” but I watched the film specifically to look for it, and didn’t catch a glimpse.
What is known is that they were built by the Zwebell’s, a husband and wife architecture team responsible for the El Cabrillo (setting for the TV show Chuck) and the Andalusa Apartments, which will likely be the subject of a future entry.
This is one of my favorite L.A. landmarks because of the mystery. One of the apartments was up for rent last year, so we now know that a one bedroom rents for $1895. Wish I had known at the time, I would love to be able to see inside one of the units.
The Hansel and Gretel Cottages are located at 1328-1330 North Formosa Ave in Hollywood.