Missing! “American Gothic” Fire Door from the King Eddy Reward Offered

A 3-D photo shoot revealed a famed 1920s Fire Door painting is missing from King Eddy Saloon’s basement Speakeasy and Richard Schave and Kim Cooper, co-owners of Esotouric Tours, are offering a reward for its safe return.

Skid Row’s “American Gothic”, is the elaborately painted Prohibition-era metal fire door removed by person or persons unknown from the basement speakeasy of the King Eddy Saloon in the King Edward Hotel. The person who helps return the fire door will receive $300, a behind-the-scenes tour of the King Edward Hotel, a round of beers at the King Eddy Saloon and four tickets on Esotouric’s Charles Bukowski tour or the Downtown true crime tour Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice.


Last week, the City of Los Angeles celebrated John Parkinson Day in City Hall Chambers, with a documentary film screening honoring the iconic architect of Union Station, Bullocks Wilshire and City Hall. But at John Parkinson’s 1906 King Edward Hotel at 5th and Los Angeles Streets in the heart of old Skid Row, the mood was grim. During the photo shoot of the historic hotel, historians Richard Schave and Kim Cooper who brought this lost piece of Los Angeles history into the spotlight, discovered that an important artifact had vanished.

At some point between 2015 and the present, Skid Row’s own “American Gothic” – the famous painted fire door that separated the King Eddy Saloon’s basement speakeasy from the hotel basement – had been taken off its hinges and removed.  Its current location and condition is unknown.

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