Top: The huge Bonaventure Hotel, where I stayed during a Special Event Convention, in the early nineties. You could get lost in that hotel very easily, and going up in their elevators was guaranteed to bring your stomach into your throat. Next: Downtown Los Angeles.
And now we enter Naomi's territory: Hollywood! Can we see your home from here? I used to think that the only place where houses were perched precariously on the side of a hill was in WV, but not so! Naomi mentions Ben Affleck's house in her post on 1-4-06 http://sitteninthehills64.blogspot.com/ and how it was built clinging to the side of the hill below her house. If you have ever been to Hollywood, you have seen the houses dotting the hillsides in places appearing to be impossible to build - but they do!
The angled card shows some of the embedded handprints and signatures of some of filmdom's finest: Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe, then Capitol Records headquarters, Mann's Chinese Theater and Mickey Mouse's star on the walk of fame.
The artist's drawing is of the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, on Nob Hill, which I think was the model for the TV series "Hotel" that was on in the 90's. Even if you are not staying there, do go into the lobby and marvel at the fancy construction, and beautiful antiques.
Next is Mann's Chinese Theater, probably the most well-known landmark in Hollywood other than the Brown Derby Restaurant. I remember when it used to be Graumann's Chinese Theater, but I don't know why the name changed. Naomi, can you enlighten us?