11611 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 This 1938 photo from the MGM art department is now in the Los Angeles Public Library
Brentwood, like much of California, was once a rural area. Ranchos were given to wealthy landowners, and the land was divided among them.
In 1911, there were about 300,000 residents living in Los Angeles. Hollywood was still a small town and movies were silent. D. W. Griffith was two years