Hollywood Street Names


Hollywood street name origins


Santa Monica Blvd. in 1906, looking west from Western Avenue

Santa Monica Blvd. in 1906, looking west from Western Avenue


By Allan R. Ellenberger

Have you ever wondered the origin of many of the street names in the neighborhood that you travel on daily? In many towns and cities the names date back to its beginning; the same is true of Hollywood. However, you won’t see a Chaplin Avenue, Garbo Street or Garland Way here. Hollywood street names originated before the movies came to Tinseltown with the founding fathers. Though you may not recognize many or any of the names, here is a list of Hollywood streets and their namesakes:


Ambrose Street — Ambrose Gregory, rancher

Barton Avenue — Barton Jones, grandson of Cornelius Cole

Beachwood Drive — Albert Beach, subdivider

Bronson Avenue — Marcus Alonzo Bronson, realtor

Cahuenga Avenue — Cahuenga Indians

Carlton Way — Carlton Warner, son of subdivider

Carmen Avenue — Carmen Lopez, son of Pres. Lopez, rancher

Cole Avenue, Cole Place — Senator Cornelius Cole

De Longpre Avenue — Paul De Longpre, artist

El Centro Avenue — Center of Cole Ranch

Eleanor Street — Eleanor Cole, daughter of Seward Cole

Eulalia Street — Mrs. Eulalia Grass

Finley Avenue — Rev. Finley, Methodist minister

Gardner Street — Dr. Alan Gardner

Gower Street — George T. Gower, rancher

Gregory Street — Ambrose Gregory, rancher

Harold Way — Harold Warner, son of subdivider

Havenhurst Avenue — W. H. Hay

Highland Avenue — Highland Price, wife of Walter Price, the blacksmith

Hudson Avenue — Thomas Hudson, rancher

Ivar Avenue — Ivar Weid, owner of Weid Ranch

Lodi Place — Lodi, New York; birthplace of Cornelius Cole

McCadden Place — W. C. McCadden, subdivider

Melrose Avenue — E. A. Melrose, rancher

Nichols Canyon — Mr. Nichols, rancher

Ogden Drive — Mary B. Ogden, pioneer

Santa Monica Blvd. — Road leading to Santa Monica

Selma Avenue — Selma Weid, daughter of Ivar Weid

Seward Street — Seward Cole, son of Cornelius Cole

Sunset Blvd. — Road leading to ocean and sunset

Taft Avenue — B. Y. Taft, developer and realtor

Townsend Street — Maiden name of Cornelius Cole’s mother

Vine Street — Through Cornelius Cole’s vineyard

Waring Avenue — Capt. Howard Waring, son-in-law of Cornelius Cole

Whitley Avenue — H. J. Whitley, subdivider

Wilcox Avenue — Harvey H. Wilcox, founder of Hollywood

Willoughby Street — Willoughby Cole, son of Cornelius Cole



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16 Responses to “Hollywood Street Names”

  1. Stephen Jay Morris says:

    I like to know what is the history behind
    Fuller Avenue and Martel ave?

  2. Dave Allen says:

    I would like to know the origins of Belfast Drive and Londonderry Place. Both names of cities in Northern Ireland?

  3. Darwin Bloom says:

    Gregory and Willoughby are both avenues.

  4. Lee Higman says:

    How about Higman Ave, one block long.

  5. Allan Ellenberger says:

    Thanks for letting me know. Never knew it was there.

  6. Jay Harter says:

    I’m looking for “Haines Ln” located in the Hollywood Hills, I know I saw it on a map many years ago. It was named after my Great Uncle Jefferson Houseworth aka Clarence Brown aka James Haines (Legal Name Change) and other names that I forget. I was hoping that someone might be able to help me locate Haines Lane or may have some information about him. Haines Lane was named after him as he owned the property located in the Hollywood Hills that he would eventually sell to a developer. Born Jefferson Houseworth in 1896 he left his home and family in Illinois at age 13, (1909) hopped a freight train to California and would later work for Mr. Walt Disney as an animator. He was a wonderful artist, I believe he also worked for Hal Roach Studios, Charlie Champlin Studios, and MGM. I know he wrote a couple of books, one that included information about Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks and other stars of that era. However, I’m not sure of the pseudonym he used. in the 2nd or perhaps the 3rd chapter of his life he became heavily involved with the Solar Power industry. He passed away in 1985 at the age of 89.

  7. I know that Highland was named after Highland Price, supposedly by her friend/neighbor Mary Moll, but can you verify that that well known photo of her home/barn was definitely located near her strawberry farm on Prospect near Highland? I see lots of info that that’s correct but the LA Public library captions the photo as being on Prospect near Western. Any definitive proof that it was indeed located near Highland? I also saw a 1905 photo looking southeest from above Franklin that looks like the home with its windmill and water tower but it seems far west, just west of where the Roosevelt Hotel is today. Any definite word would be great. Thanks!

  8. Allan Ellenberger says:

    Hi Gary, let me see what I can research and I’ll get back to you. Thanks for the interest.

  9. Gary Helsinger says:

    Hi Allan

    I have since confirmed that Mary Moll’s original barn/house was near (or possibly directly on) where Highland Ave was built. That windmill that I saw in the 1905 photo was not her home. In fact, in that photo you can see her new house…a huge 2 story, craftsman home on the southwest corner of Prospect Ave and Orange! (exactly where the Roosevelt Hotel is today) There you go! (although I still want to see one other photo of the original Moll barn to see exactly where on Prospect it was!)

    Another street question tho: do you know what street Lemona Ave became? I think it’s Wilton (but it might have been Whitley…except I know that he named it Pine St!)


  10. Allan Ellenberger says:

    Hi Gary, thanks for the great info about Mary Moll. I want to do an article about her. I’ll check on Lemona. The name is familiar. Thanks.

  11. Peter says:

    Allan! This is incredible!

    Can I ask you about what you know of, or can find out about Queens and Kings Rd.?

    Or any of the other streets up in Hollywood Hills West?


  12. Jamie Rose says:

    I’m really curious about how Cherokee Avenue got its name. I lived on Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood and on the Cherokee Avenue in San Diego as well. Can you provide any insight? Thank you.

  13. Bill Beck says:

    Hi Allen , I find out recently that I had a great uncle who was a developer in The hollywood area. Of corse I have no family history on this . his name was Auto Beck . I’ve looked on the internet for any history to this being true but can’t seem to find any. I know there is a street named Beck but know nothing else . It would be interesting to see if there’s any thing on him and what he may have been involved with . Thank you so much Bill

  14. Allan Ellenberger says:

    Sorry, never heard the reason for the change to Cherokee. Interesting to know. Thanks.

  15. Tuinman says:

    There is also a trailhead near the Lake Hollywood Reservoir outside of Griffith Park, and although not an access point in itself, there is a popular scenic vista point around Lake Hollywood Park near the trailhead. The sign was erected in 1923 and originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND”. Its purpose was to advertise the name of a new segregated housing development in the hills above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles.

  16. Carlton and Harold Warner. No relation to the Warner Brothers, it seems, so who was their father, the realtor?

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