A nearby sign tells the story quite well.
Built in the late 1920’s as a Chevron Service Station, it was purchased in 1935 by the Tunisons who added the bar and restaurant with the fireplace. In December 1942, bartender Ray Bollengier was shot and killed by an angry patron. The building burned in 1960 but the chimney remained much as it looks today. It is the icon of a Westwood California charitable group, The Chimney Fund. On Christmas Eve there is a tradition to gather at the chimney, start a roaring fire, sing Christmas carols and toast those who have gone to the golden hills. The rumors that it was a dance hall and bordello and why it burned down have not been confirmed.
© James Q. Eddy Jr.