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  1. The Ambassador Hotel was a hotel in Los Angeles, California.Designed by architect Myron Hunt, the Ambassador Hotel formally opened to the public on January 1, 1921.With its Mediterranean styling, tile floors, Italian stone fireplaces and semi-tropical courtyard, the Ambassador enchanted guests for over six decades.

    • Background
    • Ambassador Hotels System
    • Robert F. Kennedy Assassination
    • Decline and Closure
    • Preserve Or Demolish?
    • 2006–2010
    • Documentary
    • References
    • External Links

    The Am­bas­sador Hotel was lo­cated at 3400 Wilshire Boule­vard, be­tween Catalina Street and Mari­posa Av­enue in what is now known as Ko­re­atown. It was de­signed by Pasadena ar­chi­tect Myron Hunt in an eclec­tic Mediter­ranean Re­vival style with Art Decoel­e­ments and sig­nage. The Am­bas­sador Hotel was fre­quented by celebri­ties, some of whom, such as Pola Negri, resided there. From 1930 to 1943, six Acad­emy Awards cer­e­monies were per­formed at the hotel. Per­haps as many as seven U.S. pres­i­dents stayed at the Am­bas­sador, from Hoover to Nixon, along with chiefs of state from around the world. For decades, the hotel's famed Co­coanut Grove night­club hosted well-known en­ter­tain­ers, such as Frank Sina­tra, Bar­bra Streisand, Judy Gar­land, Lena Horne, Nancy Wil­son, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Liza Min­nelli, Mar­tin and Lewis, The Supremes, Merv Grif­fin, Dorothy Dan­dridge, Vikki Carr, Eve­lyn Knight, Vi­vian Vance, Dick Haymes, Ser­gio Franchi, Perry Como, Dizzy...

    The Am­bas­sador Los An­ge­les was built as part of the Am­bas­sador Ho­tels Sys­tem. At the time the hotel opened in Jan­u­ary 1921, the chain con­sisted of the Am­bas­sador Los An­ge­les, the Hotel Alexan­dria in Los An­ge­les, the Am­bas­sador Santa Bar­bara, the Am­bas­sador At­lantic Cityand the Am­bas­sador New York. The Santa Bar­bara prop­erty burned down soon after on April 13, 1921, and the Alexan­dria left the chain in 1925, while the Am­bas­sador Palm Beach joined in 1929. The chain was even­tu­ally dis­solved in the 1930s. The Am­bas­sador Los An­ge­les was sold to Schine Ho­tels. The Am­bas­sador New York was sold and op­er­ated in­de­pen­dently until 1958, when it was sold to Sher­a­ton Ho­tels and re­named the Sher­a­ton-East. It was de­mol­ished in 1966 for the con­struc­tion of 345 Park Av­enue. The Am­bas­sador At­lantic City was gut­ted in the late 1970s and con­verted to the Trop­i­cana Casino & Re­sort. The Am­bas­sador Palm Beach was sold in 1933 and be­came t...

    In the pantry area of the hotel's main kitchen, soon after mid­night on June 5, 1968, and after a brief vic­tory speech in the Em­bassy Room ball­room of the Am­bas­sador Hotel, the win­ner of the Cal­i­for­nia De­mo­c­ra­tic pres­i­den­tial pri­mary elec­tion, Sen­a­tor Robert F. Kennedy, was shot along with five other peo­ple. Pales­tin­ian im­mi­grant Sirhan Sirhan was ar­rested at the scene and later con­victed of the mur­der. Kennedy died one day later from his in­juries, while the other vic­tims sur­vived their wounds. Dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the Am­bas­sador Hotel in late 2005 and early 2006, por­tions of the area where the 1968 shoot­ing oc­curred were elim­i­nated from the site. The sec­tion of Wilshire Boule­vardin front of the hotel has been signed the "Robert F. Kennedy Parkway".

    The death of Robert F. Kennedy co­in­cided with the be­gin­ning of the hotel's demise, has­tened by the de­cline of the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hood. By the 1970s, the gang and il­le­gal drug prob­lems in the area near the hotel were al­ready be­com­ing se­vere, and wors­ened. De­spite a ren­o­va­tion of the Co­coanut Grove in the mid-1970s, with the cre­ative con­trol of Sammy Davis, Jr., the prop­erty de­clined. The Am­bas­sador Hotel was closed in 1989 to guests, but re­mained open for film­ing and pri­vate events. A liq­ui­da­tion sale of the hotel's con­tents was con­ducted in 1991. Don­ald Trump pro­posed in 1989 to build a 125-story build­ing, the world's largest, and en­tered a pro­tracted legal fight with the Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School Dis­trict, which even­tu­ally won and de­vel­oped a school in this dis­trict of Wilshire boule­vard. Many were sur­prised that such a his­toric build­ing did not re­ceive the sta­tus to be his­tor­i­cally pre­served de­spite being host to...

    From 2004 to 2005, the Am­bas­sador Hotel was closed com­pletely and be­came the topic of a legal strug­gle be­tween the Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School Dis­trict (LAUSD), which wanted to clear the site and build a school; Sirhan Sirhan, who, through his lawyer the late Lawrence Teeter, wanted to con­duct more test­ing in the pantry where Robert F. Kennedy was shot; and the Los An­ge­les Con­ser­vancy and Art DecoSo­ci­ety preser­va­tion­ists, who wanted the hotel and its var­i­ous el­e­ments saved and in­te­grated into the fu­ture school. The Lo­ca­tion Man­agers Guild or­ga­nized an event to­gether with the Jef­fer­son High School Acad­emy of Film and Tele­vi­sion in March 2005, en­ti­tled Last Looks: The Am­bas­sador Hotel. They men­tored stu­dents in script break­down and lo­ca­tion scout­ing, using the hotel as a po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion to be scouted, doc­u­ment­ing the prop­erty one last time. The im­ages taken by both the stu­dents and the pro­fes­sion­als were then ex­hib­ited...

    The Cen­tral Los An­ge­les New Learn­ing Cen­ter #1 K–3,and Cen­tral Los An­ge­les New Learn­ing Cen­ter #1 4–8/HS, along with the Robert F. Kennedy In­spi­ra­tion Park, were built on the site. The six schools were named as the Robert F. Kennedy Com­mu­nity Schools. The K–3 fa­cil­ity opened on Sep­tem­ber 9, 2009 and the 4–8 and high school fa­cil­ity began op­er­a­tion on Sep­tem­ber 14, 2010. The north side of the new school has a slightly sim­i­lar ap­pear­ance to the orig­i­nal fa­cade of the hotel and north lawns will re­main much the same, as seen from Wilshire Boule­vard.

    A fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary film by Camilo Silva, After 68: The Rise and Fall of the Am­bas­sador Hotel, is being made with an es­ti­mated re­lease date in 2014. In a 2013 in­ter­view Silva re­ported that the film was "about half" shot.

    Further reading

    Math­i­son, Dirk (June 1998). "Heart­break Hotel". Los An­ge­les Magazine. Emmis Com­mu­ni­ca­tions: 77–85, 134. ISSN 1522-9149.

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  5. L'Ambassador Hotel di Los Angeles, California, era un hotel di lusso costruito nel primo decennio del '900 ed aperto al pubblico nel 1921. Fu luogo di soggiorno di molti presidenti americani, da Hoover a Nixon, e personalità di spicco della diplomazia, del cinema e dello spettacolo mondiale fino alla sua chiusura.

  6. The Ambassador Hotel has disappeared! An irreplaceable chunk of Los Angeles history has vanished along with the 84-year old, massive 500-room hotel. Amazingly, the once mighty and infinitely legendary Ambassador Hotel was demolished. Many had wanted to see the hotel declared a city historical landmark, completely restored as a resort hotel, and ...

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