The Info List - Charles E. Toberman

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"[1] for his role in developing Hollywood and many of its landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theater, El Capitan Theatre,[2] the Roosevelt Hotel, the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
and the Hollywood Masonic Temple.[3]


1 Biography 2 Personal life 3 References 4 Further reading 5 External links

Biography[edit] Toberman was born on February 23, 1880, in Seymour, Texas, to Philip and Lucy Ann Toberman; his uncle was Los Angeles
Los Angeles
mayor James R. Toberman.[4] He attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas for three years and Metropolitan Business College at Dallas
for one year.[5] Toberman began his career as a stenographer, working in Dallas
and Wichita Falls, Texas, before moving to Los Angeles
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.[5] 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.[2] In 1924, he built a Spanish-style mansion known as the C.E. Toberman Estate. He co-founded the Black-Foxe Military Institute in 1928. Personal life[edit] Toberman married Josephine Washburn Bullock on June 25, 1902. The couple had three children: Jeanette, Homer (died 1992),[6] and Catherine. Charles Toberman died in November 1981.[7] References[edit]

^ Wallace, David (1990-12-30). "They Won't Let 'Sleeping Dogs' Lie". Los Angeles
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, Dies". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times.  ^ Rasmussen, Cecilia (2008-02-17). "Hidden Hollywood sign uncovers history". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times.  ^ a b McGroarty, John Steven (1921). Los Angeles
Los Angeles
from the Mountains to the Sea. American Historical Society. pp. 409–10.  ^ "Homer Toberman; Executive Headed Pioneer Family's Development Firm". Los Angeles
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. 

Further reading[edit]

Koopal, Grace G (1970). Free Enterprise: Foundation of America's Greatness. Los Angeles: Anderson, Ritchie & Simon. p. 302. OCLC 3425103. 

External links[edit]

Biography portal

"Charles E. Toberman". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 53910809 LCCN: no2006100870 ISNI: 0000 00