Ambassador Hotel's Final Years Captured in New Photo Book

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Photographer Whit Wagner offers a final tour of The Ambassador Hotel with his new book, “Late Check-Out: Images From The Ambassador Hotel’s Final Two Years”.

Photographer Whit Wagner takes readers on a last tour of the Ambassador Hotel with his book, “Late Check-Out: Images From The Ambassador Hotel’s Final Two Years”.

"Late Check-Out" documents the long-shuttered hotel’s final days before demolition began to make way for the construction of three new LAUSD schools. Readers explore the hotel’s interior and exterior in detail, from overgrown lawns to the long-forgotten bank vault.

Whit Wagner is a freelance photographer & writer based in Los Angeles. He began photographing the Ambassador Hotel’s exterior and grounds in early 2004. Access to the interior, however, was repeatedly refused by LAUSD until a “last tour” was offered to the general public in March 2005. The experience was chronicled by Wagner in the May 2005 issue of "Photoblogs Magazine" and led to the publication of "Late Check-Out" a year later by

“The Ambassador slowly decayed for more than fifteen years after checking out her final guests in 1989. Documenting this amazingly unique process was a privilege, particularly in light of it’s recent demolition,“ said Wagner. “Hopefully, "Late Check-Out" offers readers a view into this irreplaceable world.”

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Whit Wagner is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles. A Denver native, his words and photos have appeared in FILE Magazine, Snaps, and Photoblogs Magazine. His next collection of photos, Seedy is currently being edited and is slated for release summer 2006. A selection of images is available at


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