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Hollywood Construction…

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Building boom gives Hollywood pause


Some worry that a proliferation of high-end projects will bury the charm of the storied area’s golden past.


By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer


May 6, 2008

Construction cranes hover over Hollywood as the movie industry’s historic home undergoes another sweeping — and sometimes wrenching — transformation.


More than a dozen multimillion-dollar projects have been announced, launched or just completed that promise new shopping and restaurants, thousands of new apartments and condominiums and towers of glass and steel.


Glitzy clubs dot once-sketchy street corners. Residents swim atop the former Broadway department store at Hollywood and Vine. Construction projects cuddle up to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and are popping up in the shadow of the landmark Capitol Records tower.


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Hollywood Street Names

Thursday, March 27th, 2008


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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Former Radio Building May Go…

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Landmark Hollywood Building in Danger of Demolition 


Hollywood may lose yet another historical building. The former KFWB (980-FM) news-radio studio at 6230 W. Yucca Street, will be razed unless it can be rehabilitated by April 3. City inspectors have declared it a fire hazard and an eyesore. The trash-filled studios must have its doors barricaded, graffiti painted over and must be fenced in. The current owner plans to build a 16-story combination commercial and residential tower — just what Hollywood needs.


KFWB radio was started on March 1, 1925 by Warner Brothers when the studio was located on Sunset Boulevard. The call letters stand for “Four Warner Brothers” however, other sources have reported it to be, “Keep Filming Warner Brothers.” Which ever is true, the radio station moved into the Yucca Street building in 1977.


A few years ago KFWB moved to a Wilshire Boulevard high-rise in the Miracle Mile area, joining four other local radio stations. Sadly, Hollywood is no longer the center for radio that it had been for more than 85 years.


Source: “Bad News for a Landmark of Radio,” Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2008


Just a few Hollywood landmark buildings that have bit the dust:


Brown Derby. 1628 N. Vine [huge hotel and residential complex being built on the site]

Don the Beachcomber. 1727 North McCadden Place [parking lot]

Fox Studios. 1428 North Western Avenue [strip malls and parking lot]

Garden Court Apartments. 7021 Hollywood Blvd. [commercial building]

Garden of Allah. 8152 Sunset Blvd. (West Hollywood) [bank, McDonald’s, parking lot]

Gilmore Stadium. 7800 Beverly Blvd. [CBS Studios]

Hollywood Canteen. 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. [parking structure]

Hollywood Ranch Market. 1248 Vine Street [mini mall]

Hollywood Hotel. 6811 Hollywood Blvd. [Hollywood & Highland complex, Kodak Theatre]

Famous Players Lasky Studios. 1520 Vine Street [bank, parking lot]

Lucey’s Restaurant. 5444 Melrose Avenue [parking lot]

Masquer’s Club. 1765 Sycamore Street [apartment building]

Wallich’s Music City. 1501 Vine Street [commercial development]

Western Costume. 5335 Melrose Avenue [now part of Paramount Studios]



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