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Look Back at the 1930s Heyday of Hollywood's Kitschy Crossroads of the World

Hollywood's famous Crossroads of the World complex was the 1930s vision of Ella Crawford, the wife of a crooked politician and businessman who had serious ties to organized crime—his name was Charles E. Crawford, aka the Gray Wolf of Spring Street and he was shot dead in a bungalow that once sat on the land where the Crossroads sits now. Seeing as how the entire little complex might soon be dramatically transforming into a multi-block retail/hotel/residential/office development soaring more than 30 stories, this seems like a perfect time to take a look back at its early days.

Read all about it over at Curbed LA. >>