Michael Sihilling is the Senior Business Advisor of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. He celebrates his birthday on April 12th.
This vintage postcard, given to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht in 2008, features the Lookout Mountain Inn at the top of Laurel Canyon. The card was made from a photograph taken about 1915. To the extreme left is the town of Hollywood. It was built in 1906 by one of two Laurel Canyon developers who shared the name of Charles Mann. The Inn was designed by Alfred E. Priest, who was a popular architect of Los Angeles theaters.
The builders of the Lookout Mountain Inn envisioned that their structure would be the beginning of a resort community similar to the upstate retreats of New York. Unfortunately they didn't take into consideration Southern California's natural wildfires. Lookout Mountain Inn burned to the ground in 1923.
Note: The smoke-like swirls over Hollywood are caused by a cancelation mark, not a natural or unnatural wildfire.