The Origin of McCadden Place


McCadden Place





By Allan R. Ellenberger


McCadden Place is a street in Hollywood that runs north and south one block east of Highland with the northern most point of origin at Yucca Street until it finishes at Wilshire in the Hancock Park area. In between it meanders for several blocks and at one point disappears completely for one city block where Bancroft Middle School replaces it.





McCadden Place is named for William G. McCadden, a pioneer Hollywood real estate agent who was born in 1843 at Ellicottville, New York. In 1863 he moved to Fairmont, Minnesota and married Lorena Davis five years later. The couple had one daughter, Jennie (1873-1947) before Lorena died in 1893. In 1900 McCadden moved to Lake Valley, New Mexico. On May 23, 1903 he and Jennie arrived in Hollywood where he purchased a large tract of land just east of Highland Avenue. In 1907 he married Clara Beckley of Hollywood.


William G. McCadden died at his home at 1356 Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills on January 9, 1935. His funeral was held at the Hollywood Congregational Church with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.



Grave of William G. McCadden at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Vale of Memory, Lot 150



One famous address on McCadden Place is the house where Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) was filmed at 172 S. McCadden Place in Hancock Park.



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7 Responses to “The Origin of McCadden Place”

  1. Diane says:

    Allan, The world keeps getting smaller. I have close family in Fairmont, been there many times. What’s next???
    How cool is that? I wonder if they still have family there?

  2. Harry Martin says:

    Love the stories behind street names. Thanks for one I didn’t know.

  3. What Harry said! Thanks as always, Allan!

  4. Lynn Recck says:

    Ditto Harry and Steve – thanks, Allan!

  5. Our McCadden family are from Northern Ireland, possibly originally from Scotland but with many ties in Donegal in N-W Ireland. Does anyone know when the family of the William G. McCadden of this article first came to America and where from.
    Thank you

  6. Pat Mundy says:

    Yes mccaddens orig from Scotland and came to county donegal. Many were sheep men. Name now dying out in Donegal because of emigration and men not marrying. My grandfather was John mccadden from leghowney, barnesmore, co Donegal. Most of mccaddens went to New York area. My mother was Mary Catherine mccadden but she was always known as Kathleen.


    very interesting, Robert McCadden was from buffalo area, lived in Arvada Colorado where his son Gregory and Dennis live now. Distant relatives in West Seneca and other suburbs of Buffalo still. Robert passed in 1989 and his wife 1988. Robert was in the 486th Bomber group out of Sudbury England as a radio man. B24 Liberators. Feel free to contact us at if you want more contact info….

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