THIS is a "Ritzy Mansion?"
|1948. 5667 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., Herald Examiner Collection.|
I was browsing the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Archives the other day and found two photos detailing a gambling raid at a "ritzy mansion" at 5667 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles. This is right in our neighborhood! Granted, the homes in this area are nice and spacious, I wouldn't exactly call them "ritzy mansions," more like comfortable homes.
Ooooo....nefarious goings-on in our 'hood in 1948!
Here's the description for the photo above:
Vice squad officers staged a raid and broke up a party at a ritzy mansion at 5667 West Olympic Boulevard. Thirteen men and four women were arrested on gambling charges. Swank crowd was playing for stakes "that could run as high as $150,000," police reported. Equipment was valued at $15,000. Photo dated: April 30, 1948.
|1949. 5667 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., Herald Examiner Collection.|
The next photo in this series is described as: Three of four women placed under arrest file out of ritzy mansion at 5667 West Olympic Boulevard where vice squad officers staged a raid and broke up the gambling party. Thirteen men were also arrested in the raid.
Notice that the street address is painted VERY prominently over the front door of the home. Gambling patrons and police should have been able to locate this address easily!
Today, this once "ritzy" mansion, located on the north side of Olympic Boulevard, just east of Hauser Boulevard has been remodeled into a boring, blocky building. It is now home to the Ziegler Family Center of Hope, next door to the Chabad Residential Treatment Center. Ritzy no more. Sigh.
|2014. 5667 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., Google Map Photo|