Centennial in Beverly Hills
January 28, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the City of Beverly Hills. To pay tribute to the city’s past, present and future, the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau (BHCVB) and its partners celebrated in style by offering special events, year-long hotel, restaurant and shopping promotions, the creation of a unique Beverly Hills Cookbook and so much more.
We would like to thank you for celebrating the city’s centennial with us. Although this year was a very special year for Beverly Hills, we are even more excited to see what the next 100 years will bring!
Beverly Hills Centennial Concert and Sing-Along
On January 28th, 2014, the City of Beverly Hills hosted a sold out sing-along concert at the Saban Theatre with special appearances from celebrities such as Betty White, June Lockhart, Marty Hall and Florence Henderson. The free event included a selection of Beverly Hills composers inspiring the audience to sing along to popular favorites, like Mary Poppins’ “A Spoonful of Sugar” by Richard Sherman and “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Charles Fox. Also performing at this vocal event was the Beverly High Band, Maestro Gary S. Greene and his L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic and promising young opera singer, Golda Berkman.
BH100 Centennial Block Party on Rodeo Drive
On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the Rodeo Drive Committee and the City of Beverly Hills commemorated the centennial with an electrifying block party themed, “Dancing in the Street.” This free event featured two Ferris wheels, a spectacular 4,000 pound birthday cake in the shape of the Beverly Hills City Hall and Rodeo Drive, select Beverly Hills restaurants offering samples of their food and carnival games with centennial themed prizes.
The block party also featured performances from Martha Reeves, best known for her hit song, “Dancing in the Street,” Citrus College’s 20-piece dance band and 20 dance groups from across Southern California. The event concluded with an unprecedented fireworks show above Rodeo Drive.
Historic Lily Pond
One of the key accomplishments achieved in celebration of our centennial year was the recreation of the lily pond in Beverly Gardens Park in front of the famous Beverly Hills sign.
Originally built in 1907, the lily pond served as an early Beverly Hills landmark and one of the first major features of the city. In the mid-1970s the lily pond was removed but the Beverly Hills sign remained. Over the next few decades, the sign continued to be a top landmark of the city, drawing thousands of tourists each year for the quintessential travel photo. City officials and community historians wanted to restore the former beauty of the landmark and after a year of construction, the lily pond was unveiled at the start of the city’s centennial year.
The new lily pond, a tranquil pool that spans nearly an entire city block, is in bloom with flowers on display from spring to autumn.
Beverly Gardens Park is free and open to the public and runs for nearly two miles along Santa Monica Boulevard. The Beverly Hills sign and lily pond can be found between North Canon Drive and North Beverly Drive.
Suite 100 was created as part of an unprecedented collaboration with five of Beverly Hills’ most luxurious hotels: The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly Hilton, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills and The Peninsula Beverly Hills. In celebration of this momentous year, each property redesigned a suite within their hotel to capture and pay tribute to a moment in time from the past 100 years.
- The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows drew their 1950’s inspiration from the glamorous lifestyle of Marilyn Monroe, who was a frequent hotel guest, and Paul Williams, the architect who designed the hotel’s Polo Lounge, signage and Iconic pink-and-green color scheme. Quintessentially Californian, the design featured tropical prints, shag carpets and a sycamore wood bar, all of which complimented the existing architectural details.
- The Beverly Hilton pulled inspiration from the sophisticated, yet rebellious, attitude of the 1960s—when this hotel was the epitome of the era’s glamour. The Beverly Hilton’s Suite 100 embodied the elegance of Audrey Hepburn, the sophistication of actress Tipi Hedren, the interior design bravado of David Hicks, the musical motivation of Brazilian singer-songwriter Gilberto Gill and Tom Ford Design showcase furnishings along with the flair of the then-popular Hollywood Regency style.
- L’Ermitage Beverly Hills’ Suite 100 was in homage to Andy Warhol’s The Factory, disco and 1970’s fashion. Ultraseude was used throughout the expansive suite and was balanced out with the use of high-gloss lacquer, mirror finishes and vintage fashions in the closet. Features included a powder room papered in Interview Magazine covers, a “Do Not Disturb” sign that was a play on Warhol’s portraits and an interactive iPad photo booth which mimicked the paparazzi adjacent to the room’s elevated catwalk.
- Montage Beverly Hills captured the sultry sophistication and mystique of Film Noir, which was popular in the 1940s. Accessories included a collection of Latique crystal, vintage photographs, a typewriter and a “Press for Champagne” button, which truly would have a bottle of bubbly delivered to your suite when pressed.
- The Peninsula Beverly Hills transformed their suite into an embodiment of modern Hollywood glamour. Inspired by the excitement surrounding the Golden Globes, The Grammys and The Oscars, which is when the hotel plays host to Hollywood VIPs and celebrities, the hotel’s Suite 100 walls were clad with photographic murals of a red carpet Hollywood gala event, while the bedroom featured mirrored walls accented with silvery finishes. To top it off, the suite contained an iPod playlist full music from the ‘90s and a DVD collection of 1990s Oscar-winning movies, perfect for guests wanting to immerse themselves into the memory of this era.
These tribute suites were only available in 2014. The lucky guests to have stayed in these rooms will forever be the only visitors to have stayed in a Suite 100 room. Click for more photos and one last glance.
Arts of Palm
An eclectic touch to Beverly Hills’ 100th anniversary celebration was the art installation known as Arts of Palm. This special exhibit featured artistic interpretations, from various artists, of the city’s iconic palm trees. The eleven pieces of world-class art spanned a variety of mediums and styles, from colorful sculptures to dramatic mosaics. The art installations were placed around the Civic Center, Beverly Cañon Gardens, The Beverly Hilton and inside the Beverly Hills Visitor Center. To catch one last glimpse of the beautiful designs and to see where each one is located, click here.
Exclusive Beverly Hills Centennial Merchandise
For the past year, patrons have been able to purchase centennial-branded merchandise at the Beverly Hills Visitor Center and online at lovebeverlyhills.com. With this year’s celebration coming to an end, we encourage you to order your favorite items before time runs out! Products include men's and women's apparel, mugs, glass water bottles and baseball caps. Don’t delay, get yours before they’re gone!
Beverly Hills Centennial Cookbook
Beverly Hills is widely-known for being home to many celebrity chefs and their world-class restaurants. You can purchase a special Beverly Hills cookbook full of delectable recipes from top Beverly Hills eateries like Spago, Il Pastaio, Scarpetta, Bouchon and many more! You’ll be cooking like a celebrity chef when you replicate your favorite five-star dishes from the comforts of your own kitchen!
The Beverly Hills Centennial Cookbook is only available while supplies last inside the Beverly Hills Visitor Center and online for $39.95.
As part of the 902100 campaign, fans near and far could help send our Centennial year off with style with generous hotel packages, a chance to win a glamorous trip for two Beverly Hills and dozens of special offers at restaurants, stores, spas and salons.
From September 15 – December 15, eight Beverly Hills hotels offered a $100 hotel credit and complimentary daily breakfast with a minimum two night stay. Guests could also enter for a chance to win a glamorous trip to Beverly Hills which included round-trip airfare for two, a two night stay in a Beverly Hills hotel suite, a $5,000 shopping spree and dinner.MORE INFORMATION
For more information, visit the City of Beverly Hills' Centennial Celebration page. The Beverly Hills Visitor Center is located at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd (at N. Canon Drive) in Beverly Hills. #BHCentennial