Lost in the decay of one of the more derelict areas of downtown Los Angeles sits the the former Morrison Hotel. In it’s heyday, the hotel was a place for transients, with rooms available at discounted rates. While the band originally asked permission to photograph on the premises, management declined. In typical Doors fashion, however, the band snuck inside anyways, when the clerk left the front desk. The famous cover photo was taken, without permission, on December 17, 1969.
Today, the building sits empty. However, just behind the boarded up doors and windows exists some wonderful architecture and the interior to one of the most famous album photographs of all time. Once a year, a pop-up event is held, which restores the place to looking like it did in it’s prime.
LOCATION: 1246 South Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015