Following last week’s announcement that the theme for the upcoming season of American Horror Story is “Hotel”, fans and bloggers began theorizing on potential locations and connections to previous AHS chapters. Erin Whitney, columnist for the Huffington Post, came up with an especially astute observation: A potential reveal from Season 4.
Stanley has seen better days in AHS Freak Show
In the penultimate episode of Freak Show (titled “Show Stoppers”), con man Stanley finally pays the price for the death and decimation he has wrought on the troupe. As Elsa and her crew descend upon him, he makes a desperate plea for his life: “I do know people in Los Angeles! My cousin works at the Garden of Allah!”
According to Wikipedia:
The Garden of Allah was a famous hotel in Hollywood, California, at 8152 Sunset Boulevard between Crescent Heights and Havenhurst, at the east end of the Sunset Strip. It was originally a 2.5 acre estate called Hayvenhurst that was built in 1913 by real estate developer William H. Hay as his private residence. Alla Nazimova acquired the property in 1918 and then, in 1926, converted it into a residential hotel by adding 25 villas around the residence. The hotel opened in January 1927 as the Garden of Alla Hotel (no final “h” on Alla). By 1930, new owners had changed the name to the Garden of Allah Hotel. Over the next two decades, the property went through a succession of owners, the last of whom was Bart Lytton, owner of Lytton Savings & Loan, who demolished the hotel in 1959 and replaced it with his bank’s main branch.
Famous guests who frequented the hotel in its hey-day included: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Stuart, and the Marx Brothers (among many, many others).
As for its connection to other seasons of American Horror Story, The Garden of Allah existed in an era that roughly corresponds to that of Freak Show and Asylum; Also, the Season 1 Montgomery storyline also took place from 1922 through 1926. The life of The Garden of Allah also coincided with the Black Dahlia murder of 1947.
No matter how much these facts seem tailor-made for American Horror Story mythology, it’s all merely conjecture until Hotel premiers in October.
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