Charles Edward Toberman (February 23, 1880 – November 10, 1981) was
a real estate developer and stenographer who was known as "Mr.
Hollywood" and the "Father of Hollywood" for his role in developing
Hollywood and many of its landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl,
Grauman's Chinese Theater, El Capitan Theatre, the Roosevelt Hotel,
Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
Grauman's Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Masonic Temple.
2 Personal life
4 Further reading
5 External links
Toberman was born on February 23, 1880, in Seymour, Texas, to Philip
and Lucy Ann Toberman; his uncle was
Los Angeles mayor James R.
Toberman. He attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of
Texas for three years and Metropolitan Business College at
Toberman began his career as a stenographer, working in
Wichita Falls, Texas, before moving to
Los Angeles in 1902. He
returned to Wichita Falls and ran a hardware store before returning to
Los Angeles, where he held a variety of positions including City
Treasurer of Hollywood. He worked in real estate from 1907 on,
incorporating the C.E. Toberman Company in 1912. Mr. Toberman
placed fifty-three Hollywood subdivisions on the market, formed more
than thirty companies and organizations, built twenty-nine commercial
buildings in Hollywood, including the world-famous Chinese Theater and
was affiliated with forty-nine clubs, civic, and fraternal
organizations up until retirement Toberman managed all of his real
estate holdings from his office in the heart of Hollywood. Throughout
the 1910s and 1920s, Toberman developed many notable buildings and
neighborhoods in Hollywood, including notable theatres with showman
Sid Grauman. In 1924, he built a Spanish-style mansion known as the
C.E. Toberman Estate. He co-founded the Black-Foxe Military Institute
Toberman married Josephine Washburn Bullock on June 25, 1902. The
couple had three children: Jeanette, Homer (died 1992), and
Catherine. Charles Toberman died in November 1981.
^ Wallace, David (1990-12-30). "They Won't Let 'Sleeping Dogs' Lie".
Los Angeles Times. The primary location for "Sleeping Dogs" is a huge
Mediterranean-style, 22-room house complete with outdoor and indoor
swimming pools built at the top of Camino Palmero in 1928 by C.E.
Toberman, architect of many of Hollywood's golden age landmarks
(including Sid Grauman's Egyptian and Chinese theaters) and often
called the "father of Hollywood" because of his development of the
Hollywood Hills area.
^ a b Lord, Rosemary (2002). Los Angeles: Then and Now. San Diego, CA:
Thunder Bay Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 1-57145-794-1.
^ DeWolfe, Evelyn (1981-11-29). "C.E. Toberman, Hollywood Developer,
Los Angeles Times.
^ Rasmussen, Cecilia (2008-02-17). "Hidden Hollywood sign uncovers
Los Angeles Times.
^ a b McGroarty, John Steven (1921).
Los Angeles from the Mountains to
the Sea. American Historical Society. pp. 409–10.
^ "Homer Toberman; Executive Headed Pioneer Family's Development
Los Angeles Times. 1992-04-23. p. 26.
^ "Mr. Hollywood dead at 101". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. 1981-11-21.
p. 2. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
Koopal, Grace G (1970). Free Enterprise: Foundation of America's
Greatness. Los Angeles: Anderson, Ritchie & Simon. p. 302.
"Charles E. Toberman". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
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