Cahuenga Ave.


Cahuenga Avenue  got its origin from the Cahuenga Indians that inhabited the area, just south of the hills, that is today Hollywood.  These Indians were an offshoot of the Gabrielino Indians that populated southern California.  The pass between Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley is known as the Cahuenga Pass.


Cahuenga Avenue begins, at the north, at the Cahuenga Pass.  From there it winds south and east and then straightens out, going south, at Yucca Ave.  From there the street runs south and ends at Melrose Avenue.


When the residents of the Cahuenga Valley elected to incorporate the area as a city, of the sixth class, the city hall was a small wood sided building at 131 S. Cahuenga Ave.  The building also became the police station.  Later on, the police and fire department shared the same building on Cahuenga Ave., at DeLongpre Ave.


One of the most popular establishments that was located on Cahuenga Avenue was the Hollywood Canteen.  Located at 1451 Cahuenga Ave., the Canteen was a place where enlisted servicemen could go, during WW II, to eat, dance and be entertained by some of Hollywood’s best celebrities.  During the course of the Canteen’s three year existence, more than three million servicemen walked through its doors.


In the 1920s and 30s, Metro Studios occupied a couple of blocks, on Cahuenga Ave., near Romaine Ave.  Many of Hollywood’s best “talkies” were made at the Metro Studios. 


One of the first residents that occupied property on Cahuenga Avenue was Harvey and Daeida Wilcox and Mr. & Mrs. Paul DeLongpre.  Daeida is credited with naming the Cahuenga Valley, Hollywood.  Her husband, Harvey, put on the first recorded real estate subdivision in the Cahuenga Valley.  Paul DeLongpre was a popular floral painting artist and his home was Hollywood’s first tourist attraction.  Passengers, who rode the streetcars in Hollywood, would disembark and visit  DeLongpre’s home and gallery.  A few years after DeLongpre’s death, his home was demolished and with replaced with commercial buildings.

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Cahuenga Ave. & Hollywood Blvd.
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Looking south on Cahuenga Ave. from Hollywood Blvd.
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Cahuenga Ave, north of Hollywood Blvd.
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Cahuenga Ave. & Selma Ave.
Cahuenga Ave.Cahuenga Ave. & Hollywood Blvd.
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1913
Cahuenga Ave.Looking south on Cahuenga Ave. from Hollywood Blvd.
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1923
Cahuenga Ave.Cahuenga Ave, north of Hollywood Blvd.
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1925
Cahuenga Ave.Cahuenga Ave. & Selma Ave.
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1933
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Cahuenga Ave. & Yucca Ave.
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Cahuenga Ave & Yucca Ave.
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Cahuenga Ave. at Sunset Blvd.
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Looking south on Cahuenga Ave. at Selma Ave.
Cahuenga Ave.Cahuenga Ave. & Yucca Ave.
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1930
Cahuenga Ave.Cahuenga Ave & Yucca Ave.
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1930
Cahuenga Ave.Cahuenga Ave. at Sunset Blvd.
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1970
Cahuenga Ave.Looking south on Cahuenga Ave. at Selma Ave.
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Looking north on Cahuenga Ave. towards Hollywood Blvd.
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Looking north on Cahuenga Ave. at Franklin Ave.
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Looking west on Franklin Ave. From Cahuenga Ave.
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Looking east on Franklin Ave. from Cahuenga Ave
Cahuenga Ave.Looking north on Cahuenga Ave. towards Hollywood Blvd.
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1971
Cahuenga Ave.Looking north on Cahuenga Ave. at Franklin Ave.
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1971
Cahuenga Ave.Looking west on Franklin Ave. From Cahuenga Ave.
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1971
Cahuenga Ave.Looking east on Franklin Ave. from Cahuenga Ave
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1971