Monday, February 7, 2011

Ronald and Nancy Reagan arriving at the CPH, 1966

Rolling back the clock nearly two decades from my last post, here is a shot of Ronald and Nancy Regan getting out their limousine as guests of honor at the opening of the Century Plaza in 1966. Harry Mulligan, the Hotel's firsts General Manager was on hand to introduce the world to a broad list of innovations at the CPH, including its state of the art security procedures quickly made the Century Plaza a destination resort for innumerable galas and high profile functions.  Additionally, it was the first hotel with clock radios in ever room. Century City was rapidly establishing itself, built on what only a few years early was the back lots of Fox Studios.

This rare photograph shows Ronald and Nancy Reagan as they arrive at the Century Plaza Hotel to attend the Century Ball, a gala event celebrating the opening of the Hotel • June 1966

Hand-tinted © Bennett Hall • From the Collection of The Century Plaza Hotel

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