The landmark Georgian Hotel commemorated its 80th anniversary with a Old Hollywood-themed gala benefiting the Santa Monica Conservancy. Guests were be transported back in time with a nostalgic 1930s-style cocktail hour. The party continued downstairs in the Georgian’s authentic prohibition-era speakeasy, where it is said that Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone, Clark Gable, Carol Lombard and “Fatty” Arbuckle once sought out exclusivity and seclusion.
About the Georgian Hotel: The Georgian’s story began as the coastal expansion of the late 1920s was reaching its peak. Business woman Rosamond Borde hired architect Eugene Durfee to create a posh resort as an intimate hideaway catering to Los Angeles’ high society. The Georgian, an art deco masterpiece completed in 1933, was one of the tallest and most prominent buildings in Santa Monica for decades. The oceanfront veranda provided a stage for martinis and jazz. The hotel was considered to be one of the most modern facilities of the time, featuring a beauty parlor, barber shop, playground and dining room.