Beverly Hills Hotel Named City’s First Historic Landmark
The city of Beverly Hills has named the Beverly Hills Hotel as its first historic landmark. The announcement was made by the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912, prior to the founding of the city of Beverly Hills.
A celebration for the designation will take place on Sept. 12 in a special gathering for the Beverly Hills community. The event will include the opening of a historic time capsule, placed at the property's front red-carpet entrance in 1993, when the hotel closed for a two-and-a-half-year refurbishment. The capsule's location is marked by a gold plaque that indicates that it is to be opened during the hotel's centennial year. While its contents are reportedly unknown, artifacts including a cigar from frequent guest Milton Berle and drawings from a frequent celebrity guest are rumored to be inside. A new time capsule will be planted, and the mayor's office will issue a proclamation declaring the ceremonious day Beverly Hills Hotel Day.
Other anniversary activities include ongoing dining, spa and anniversary packages, and the book launch of “The Beverly Hills Hotel -- The First 100 Years” by Beverly Hills resident Robbie Anderson, great-grandson of the property's original owner and official historian for the hotel.