Keystone Clothiers' pink building

Keystone Clothiers is made up of five buildings to form the premiere location in Disney's Hollywood Studios to purchase clothing and accessories.  Today we're going to look at one of those facades and explain which real life building Disney's Imagineers referenced.

This pink building that advertises apparel, accessories and jewelry is based on the the Max Factor & Company building at 1660 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood. Max Factor pioneered movie make up and actually coined the term "makeup" in 1914.

In 1928 Max Factor himself purchaed the four story Hollywood Fire & Safe building, which was designed in 1913 by Hollywood pioneer C.E. Toberman.  Factor had architect S. Charles Lee renovate the building in a Regency Deco style in 1935, which became the building we see in the Studios today.

If the name S. Charles Lee sounds familiar it's because a few other building facades in Disney's Hollywood Studios were buildings he designed, including Planet Hollywood, Legends of Hollywood and Tailors to the Stars buildings.

Today the real life building is called "Mel's Drive-In", which is a 1950's style restaurant.

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Ever seen something in Hollywood Studios and wondered why it was placed there by Disney's Imagineers? Matt Hochberg leads you on a regular look at the hidden details in Hollywood Studios and explains why it's there.


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