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      Interiors of 7000 Romaine St (May 2008)

      The story of my access into the former Hughes's fortress that was his headquarters in Romaine Street, Los Angeles is thus: I had gone to Los Angeles specifically to see the exterior of this Art Nouveau building. Like all those fascinated by the biggest enigma of the 20th-century, I knew how important Romaine Street was in the story of his life and wanted to briefly share the same space as the great man. Where I stood he once stood, where I walked he once ambled.

      So there I was, taking photos when I saw a security man for the building. I told him why I was there and how I had come from the UK for this moment. Without a word, he gestured me to follow him, opened a door and let me in. And then he disappeared. I never saw the man again but am forever thankful.

      Here are the photos of the trip. It's as though nothing has changed in the 50 years or so, that the ghost of Howard Hughes still remains, a ghost in the shell.

      The current owners of the property have asked me to clarify that I was fortunate and such trips are not encouraged as it is, after all, a private business. So save yourself the air fare and just look at these pics.

      The photos are not to be used anywhere else without prior permission from me. Just e-mail any request.

      Update: (27 Oct. 08)

      I've had to remove the interior shots as the current owners have asked them to be taken down.

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      Debris from the crash of Howard Hughes' XF-11 reconnaissance plane lies scattered between two houses damaged after the plane's test flight on July 7, 1946. Hughes was seriously injured when the landing gear jammed After pouring $7 million of his own money and another $18 million of government funds into the behemoth, Hughes only succeeded in making a single mile-long flight in 1947. The record-setting plane never flew again and is today a tourist attraction at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon





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