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the "Spider Pool"? WARNING: PG NUDITY

Postby caramia » Sat Nov 06, 2004 9:46 pm

I just received an inquiry from someone looking to locate a pool which may or may not still exist. It was the sight of many nude cheesecake shots in what appears to be the late forties to early fifties and is referred to as the "Spider Pool" because of a rather large tile spider in a web that existed along side the pool.

The design is what I would call interesting, kitchy and rather fun - though certainly not architecturally significant. It looks like it could have belonged to an eccentric B-movie horror director. The location appears to be on the north side of Mulholland, facing the valley, Cahuenga pass and Burbank. As my husband is an architect who does a fair amount of work in that area - he is trying to locate the exact spot using photos, landmarks, topography, building records, etc.

I thought someone here might have heard of the pool or know where its remants might be (if there are any). If you'd like some background information - there is a blog dedicated to the Spider Pool - spiderpool.blogspot.com. Please be advised - if you are offended by tasteful female nudity - you will be offended by the pictures on the site.

TIA for any help!

Cara

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Never mind!

Postby caramia » Sun Nov 07, 2004 7:19 pm

My husband and I found it today. My husband is an architect who decided to look at the general site from across the Cahuenga pass using a house that appears in some of the photos as a landmark. Well, one of the distinctive retaining walls with the sloped wall sporting a spider in its web - is still intact and revealed itself to us via a high powered telescope.

So, mystery solved. Thanks anyway!

Cara

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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:09 am

please post some pics of your find!!!

and where is it?

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The link is interesting tho

Postby modfan » Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:51 am

If it's found, I guess that negates the post about putting it on E! as a hollywood mystery or on the History Channel ( or A& E) about History's Lost & Found-they might say at the end of the piece-'The Spider Pool was found located on an estate in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Cahuega Pass'.

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Postby L.A.kevin » Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:41 am

Shoot a video and pitch it to "History Lost and Found." What the hell.

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Postby caramia » Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:06 am

We're going up to take photos today. I'll be sure to post them later along with some of the vintage photos (if that's permissible) and directions to the site for anybody that's interested.

Stay tuned!

Cara

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Postby Lynxwiler » Thu Nov 11, 2004 1:50 pm

I loooove it! Please e-me with directions. I've got to go photograph it for myself. Thanks for researching this lost treasure.

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Here's few photos of the Spider Pool. Enjoy!

Postby caramia » Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:02 pm

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Postby SpudGirl » Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:57 pm

Your pics are amazing! Can you e-mail or post directions to the Spider Spot? I'd love to check it out for myself.....and does anyone know the story behind it, like who built it and why? Thanks :-)

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More on the Spider Pool House

Postby lasvegaslynn » Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:08 am

Lynn in Sherman Oaks

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www.classiclasvegas.com (website)

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Postby Velas » Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:18 am

OH man! Does anyone have more archival pictures of this place?
How Amazing!
How Extravaggant!
I must MUST see MORE!
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The Spider Pool House

Postby lasvegaslynn » Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:20 am

Velas,

I have been in contact with the original poster on the ASM list and asked for permission to post the info he has found to date.

As soon as I get his okay I will be sure to post it here!

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Hello

Postby caramia » Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:18 pm

I never expected to get a reply after 9 months - especially one with such fascinating information!!!

One of the Spiderpool "members" did a title search on the property and came up with John McDermott's name. We also did an IMDB search and found out his professional background. But the information you provided from the ASM is icing on the cake.

Having been to the site - I really don't think the house survived in any part. None of the adjacent houses either date from that era or look like the whimsical confection described.

I would LOVE to hear any more information that you dig up. And, of course, if the Spider Pool people come up with anything (before it's posted on the blog) - I'll be happy to pass it along. Unfortunately, many of them seem to have become more obsessed with a place they call "the Hacienda" which was the site of a good many vintage nudie shoots.

Cara

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Just a tidbit.

Postby ptahhtp » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:47 am

I have been researching John McDermott, born 1893 died 1946 the very year the photos started at the Spider pool. In the list of his films one title leapt out at me, The Spider and the Rose 1923. It will be interesting to see if someone can locate some production stills from that film. They might be revealing. All for now.


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