A Hollywood Heritage Mother's Day - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

A Hollywood Heritage Mother's Day

A unique adventure featuring tea, flowers and some Hollywood miniature magic.

This Mother's Day, join Atlas Obscura and Hollywood Heritage for a chance to explore a rare work of art, not generally open to the public, while sipping tea and learning about the lost history of Hollywood. 

Hollywood Boulevard holds many mysteries and forgotten stories. Tucked away in a simple storefront, that once was the renowned De Longpre Gardens, stands a magical miniature that takes us back to a Golden Age of movie stars and Los Angeles legends. In the 1930's, cabinetmaker Joe Pellkofer set out to make miniatures of Los Angeles, with the help of his team of 25 artists over a period of four years. One of 5 dioramas, this one of Hollywood Boulevard remains — donated to Hollywood Heritage in the 1980's. They now have a full restoration effort underway.

Staff at Hollywood Heritage will take us on a "walking" tour of the miniature, sharing the history of its creation, as well as some of its hidden treasures. Through various collected archives they will share the stories of who lived here, who developed the boulevard and who are the famous — and perhaps infamous — characters that made Hollywood Boulevard what it is today. They'll also explore the art of preservation, demonstrating some of the techniques they use to bring this amazing work back to life. 

To celebrate Mother's Day, we will also have tea and lovely flowers for all attendees as well! Our hope is to perhaps appeasing the spirit of Paul de Longpre, who would surely appreciate our celebration of creative expression and a flowering bloom!


After 35 years, Hollywood Heritage strives to protect and support the renovation of the elements of Hollywood that made the place it is today. It does this by actively interacting with city, state and federal agencies and by educating the public through the continued operation of the Hollywood Heritage Museum (the Lasky DeMille Barn) and by sponsoring and presenting programs at the museum on historical topics regarding preservation and film history.

Part of the proceeds from the event go directly to support the work of Hollywood Heritage. 


  • Ages 11 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • The event will also cover the additional archival pieces in the Hollywood Heritage Preservation Resource Center, featuring some of the current conservation projects of Hollywood Heritage. 
  • Entrance to the Center is behind the building. Detailed instructions will be sent prior to the event. 


Email Carlyle Coash at carlyle.coash@atlasobscura.com

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