High Tower and Alta Loma Terrace

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  1. If you have seen Robert Altman’s great Los Angeles movie The Long Goodbye, then you are familiar with that odd Art Deco building where Eliot Gould’s character lives. You may also remember the elevator tower that provides access to the residence. This elevator structure is designed as a smaller version of a Bolognese tower and is known as High Tower (located at 2178 High Tower Drive, Los Angeles). It was built around 1920 to provide access to the Alta Loma Terrace, a neighborhood which is otherwise only accessible by staircase and walkway (no streets here!). Only the lucky residents of Alta Loma Terrace have keys to the High Tower. However, the staircases in the area are public domain and it is a super nice stroll up through and then down out of the neighborhood (a good starting point is at Broadview Terrace and Yeager Place, 90068, then walk all the way up to Alta Loma Terrace and head right to descend). Below is a collection of photos from this idyllic place, which is located right above the Hollywood Bowl.
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    Looking up High Tower Drive
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    Starting the walk up Broadview Terrace
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    One of the 1937 Moderne buildings by High Tower designed by Carl Kay
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    Another Carl Kay Moderne building
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    View of Hollywood from the top of High Tower
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    Upper exit of the High Tower
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    Looking back while descending Alta Loma Terrace
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    Hollywood Bowl is nearby
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    Hey dude playing tuba in the Bowl parking lot, you sounded awesome!
    After descending Alta Loma Terrace we found ourselves in a little parking next to Highland Avenue. As you can see from the photos, we continued our walk to the adjacent Hollywood Bowl. Other than being an excellent concert venue (you can bring in food and alcohol!!), there is a small museum here. During the day, when the outdoor concert hall itself is not in use, they keep the venue open as a public park and you can walk around. The Hollywood Bowl was opened in 1922; the most recent shell over the stage is from 1982 and was designed by Frank Gehry. Also notable are the three Federal Arts Project sculptures by the gate onto Highland (constructed in 1935 by George Stanley).
    The houses in Alta Loma Terrace are located on the ridge right above the Bowl; if you love music, then buying the right one of these residences will basically give you free concerts for life!
    [Photos courtesy of Noah Albert]


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