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Seward Street origin

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 11th, 2010
2010
Mar 11

HOLLYWOOD STREET NAMES

Seward Street

 

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Seward Street is located in the southern part of Hollywood in an area that once was called Colegrove. A fairly short street, it runs north and south and is situated half-way between Las Palmas Avenue and Cahuenga Blvd., beginning at Melrose Avenue and ending at Sunset Boulevard.

 

In 1878, Senator Cornelius Cole arrived in what was then called the Cahuenga Valley and purchased a 500-acre ranch. For many years the area that had been his ranch was known as Colegrove, which was the maiden name of his wife, Olive. Cole also named several of the surrounding streets after family members. One of those streets was named for his eldest son, Seward Cole (1856-1927). 

 

Seward Cole was born in Sacramento, California on March 13, 1856. He moved to Los Angeles in 1879 after several years in business in San Francisco. One of the pioneer realty dealers of Los Angeles, he was one of the first to see the possibilities of Hollywood and had a large part in its development. He was a senior member of the realty firm of Cole and Brown (his brother-in-law), at the time of his death.

 

On April 15, 1899, he married Eleanor Brydges, a member of an old Canadian family. He had two sons, Edward Brydges Cole and Neil Cole and two daughters, Cornelia Cole and Mrs. James Brodero.

 

Cole died on New Year’s Eve, 1927 and was buried in the Cole family plot at Hollywood Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever).  

 

 

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One Response

  1. Steve Goldstein Says:

    I love that the Senator’s wife was named Olive Colegrove Cole. I know that several streets in Hollywood, perhaps 10 or 12, are named after members of this family. Will you be featuring the others?
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    Hi Steve, yes I’ll hit them all. There are a few that are in that area I’m trying to confirm so we’ll see. Thanks.

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