Like a hillside fortress, the Hollywood High Tower is the centerpiece of a small complex of multi-unit residences called High Tower Court, which are built onto the hillside near its top. The homes were built between 1935 and 1956 by architect Carl Kay (1892 – 1973) and the tower itself contains an elevator that provides the residents with quick access to their front door.
The tower climbs up to Broadview Terrace, where it meets Los Altos Place. All of the homes associated with the tower have addresses on Broadview Terrace.
Although there are other hillside homes very close to the tower, the benefit of the riding the elevator, which is protected by a locked iron gate, belongs solely to the residents of the four apartments. Without the elevator, the residents would have to traverse a series of stairs, walkways and half-hidden bridges to get home after parking their cars at street level.
The seclusion and unusual setting of High Tower Court made it the ideal setting for the residence of noir detective Philip Marlowe, played by Elliot Gould, in the 1973 movie of Raymond Chandler's novel The Long Goodbye.
The most recent sale of any of the High Tower Court residences was the 1954 duplex at 2181 Broadview Terrace (pictured above and below), which was sold for the first time in 2010 for $615,000.