Item #50905 The EBELL Of LOS ANGELES. Year Book 1927 - 28. Los Angeles Local History.

The EBELL Of LOS ANGELES. Year Book 1927 - 28.

Los Angeles: Press of Phillips Printing Co. 290 East 4th St. [1928]. 1st Edition. 197, [3] pp. Frontispiece [of the new clubhouse] + 9 tipped-in b/w half-tone photographic images. 8vo. 9-1/4" x 6-1/4". Brown paper covers, black embossed lettering, yapp edges. General wear & soiling, age-toning to paper, Very Good. Item #50905

"Ebell of Los Angeles was formed as a women's club in 1894, based on the principles and teachings of Adrian Ebell, a pioneer in women's education and organizing women's societies in the late 19th century. Harriet Williams Russell Strong was a founder of the club, serving as its president for three consecutive terms. The minutes of the first meeting of Ebell of Los Angeles identified its purpose 'to interest women in the study of all branches of literature, art and science and the advancement of women in every branch of culture.' The club adopted as its motto, 'I will find a way or make one -- I serve.'

In 1923, the group announced plans to build a new clubhouse and theater west of downtown on Wilshire Boulevard. ...
The group commissioned architect Sumner P. Hunt of Hunt & Burns to design the new facility, which was designed in an Italian style with plaster facing and Italian clay tile roofing.

The clubhouse opened with a musicale tea in October 1927, and the Wilshire Ebell Theater, originally known as the Windsor Square Playhouse, opened to the public in December 1927 with the west coast premiere of Sigmund Romberg's musical The Desert Song. Among other events, the Ebell was the site of aviator Amelia Earhart's last public appearance before attempting the 1937 around-the-world flight during which she disappeared. It is also the place where Judy Garland was discovered while performing as Baby Frances Gumm in the 1930s.

The total cost was $200,000 for the site, $650,000 for the entire structure, and $120,000 for the furnishings. Another writer observed: 'Nowhere in America is there a more magnificent women's club house than the new home of Ebell. ... Every modern convenience and appliance, together with furnishings of the finest quality, are within its walls. It is lavish, but not flamboyantly so. It is practical and it has beauty and inspiring charm.' The Los Angeles Times in 2003 described the theater as 'the grande dame of genteel grace,' 'a cultural centerpiece for Los Angeles,' and 'one of the area's most striking" auditoriums.'" [Wiki].

Price: $75.00

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