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Crossroads of the World

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2005 - 2017.


Crossroads of the World, built in 1936, is considered by some to be "L.A.'s first modern shopping mall." Located on the north side of Sunset Boulevard, between Las Palmas Avenue and Cherokee Avenue, Crossroads of the World is a blend of architectural styles from around the world (Italian, Mexican, Turkish, New England, French). The Sunset Boulevard entrance features the centerpiece building resembling an ocean liner with an Art Deco facade complete with portholes, railings, life preservers, and decks, and with a 30'-foot Streamline Moderne tower topped with an 8-foot revolving globe. An outdoor village of small, European-style bungalows not apparent from Sunset Boulevard, surrounds the ship. The center continues back an entire block where a lighthouse protects the rear. Crossroads of the World began as a retail shopping center, but today is an office complex. While open to the public, there is now little of interest for tourists other that as a location of some recent popular period films (Indecent Proposal in 1993 and film noir L.A. Confidential in 1997) and on Sunday, Crossroads is mostly deserted.

Each September, Crossroads of the World plays host to an annual art festival called the "Hollywood Art Affair."

Crossroads of the World is located at 6671 Sunset Boulevard (at Las Palmas and Cherokee),
Hollywood, CA. / (323) 463-5611
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Globe tower. Photo Date: 1-1-05.
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