View from above

Wilshire Boulevard's Ambassador Hotel, as seen from a space satellite (they use satellite images, but this one is from an airplane) about four years ago via Windows Live Local. The smaller buildings with red-tile roofs on the east side of the grounds were the bungalows where celebrities and long-term residents often stayed.


The hotel closed in the 1980s and was used after that primarily for filming and parking. But in the photo, you can clearly see its scale and even get a sense of its faded grandeur. Only the northern half of the grounds are shown; off camera is the pool area and the former site of an auditorium for the National Horse Show. Wilshire Boulevard is at the top of the photograph.

As of this week, the north wing of the hotel has been demolished. Work is proceeding on removing most of the main building before New Year's.