JFK Slept Here: Inside Hollywood's Mauretania

Built for actor Jack Haley, this glamorous art deco apartment building has since attracted a number of notable residents and guests.

Photo by: Dave Goldstein As with many of the apartments built in the 1930s, great rooms are spacious and able to accommodate gatherings of press and professionals, as well as family and friends.

Some buildings in L.A. are just overflowing with celebrity history. Such is the case with the Mauretania in the Larchmont/Hollywood area, built by architect and set designer Milton J. Black in the maritime style for Jack Haley, who played the Tin Man in the original The Wizard of Oz.

Prominent people have been drawn to the art deco apartment building since it was constructed in 1934, but perhaps none more famous than John F. Kennedy, who stayed there while he was running for president and attending the Democratic Convention at the Biltmore in 1960.

The typewriter JFK used while there is on display in the foyer, along with a copy of a letter he actually typed on it. A photograph of Haley as the Tin Man also graces the walls.

Since JFK, many other celebs have come and gone. Ernest Borgnine was a longtime resident, and DJ Samantha Ronson has also called it home.

Parts of the Shrek soundtrack were written in the Mauretania, as was the Madonna hit "Like a Virgin."

These days, some of Hollywood's biggest directors, producers and executives meet there on occasion to "discuss mutual interests," while gathered around a poker table that was used on the set of Honeymoon in Vegas.

Once the property of L.A.'s esteemed Ahmanson family, the Mauretania is currently owed by the colorful Dave Goldstein, who actually collects art deco apartment buildings. He now owns about 60. You can find out how to live in one of his storied properties and get more information on them all at ArtDecoApartments.com.

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