Letter H is for…Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland is perhaps the largest antique sign I will be posting for ABC Wednesday this round.Built as a real estate development advertising tool in 1923 on a hillside of Mt.Lee above the Hollywood District of Los Angeles the sign’s 43 foot tall letters became an iconic part of the landscape.


The housing development was never built  and by 1944 the sign became property of the city after years of decay and disrepair. In 1949 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce removed the last 4 letters took over the care of the landmark, they still do so today in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles and The Hollywood Sign Trust.


The sign is not only large in size and scale it is a vessel for dreams larger oft times than their dreamers.

If Morpheus has a West Coast home it is surely atop these storied letters.

The sign still simply reads Hollywood today but the dreams continue, some are fulfilled, others turn nightmarish though most remain with their dreamers to be cherished and recalled with a wink and a smile while their lives play out across the canyons, valleys and beaches of Southern California.

Learn more about the Hollywoodland/Hollywood sign here:  http://www.hollywoodsign.org/the-history-of-the-sign/the-time-before-the-sign/

Thanks to our team at  ABC Wednesday you can see more of the letter “H” here:  http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/

Also posting for Skywatch Friday: http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Note: Through the efforts of The Hollywood Sign Trust’s efforts, the Sign received a fresh new paint job in 1995, courtesy of Dutch Boy Paints whose history is recounted a few pages back for the letter “D”!

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Post navigation

7 thoughts on “Letter H is for…Hollywoodland

  1. Love the history of the iconic sign.
    Great vintage photos too.

  2. Well that was interesting. I didn’t know that the sign was 90 years old now. Thank you for telling.

    Wil, ABCW Team

  3. I keep forgetting about HOLLYWOODLAND; it’s been HOLLYWOOD as long as I can remember.

  4. This is a terrific post. Really interesting. I didn’t know it started as a real estate ad!

  5. Enjoyed the history – never having been to Hollywood I didn’t know how enormous the sign was, or that it was lit at night. A great post Janis.

  6. It was awfully disappointing to me when my parents took us to Hollywood when I was about 11 years old. There was absolutely nothing glamorous about. I guess as a child, I thought I’d see movie stars walking the streets. Great post!

    abcw team

  7. Great post. I’ve always wanted to hike up to the Hollywood sign… it’s on my to-do list!

Blog at WordPress.com.