By Rebecca Ford
At the intersection of Hollywood and Cahuenga, an inconspicuous sign tells the world that this is Raymond Chandler Square.
It takes a lot to have enough of an impact on a city that’s littered with celebrities to get a square named after you.
Raymond Chandler was a novelist and screenwriter who not only defined American detective fiction, but turned Hollywood into a living, breathing character in his writing.
The Pacific Security Bank building lies at this intersection, and was most likely the inspiration for the office of Raymond Chandler’s main character, detective Philip Marlowe.
The best way to get a crash-course of Chandler’s life is to hop aboard Esotouric’s 4-hour bus tour.
The tour, which happens about four times per year, takes fans through Chandler’s life, building by building.