Boulevard is a boulevard in the central and western part of Los
California that stretches from
Figueroa Street in
Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific
3 Cultural aspects
4 Landmarks include (past and present)
5 See also
8 External links
Approximately 22 miles (35 km) in length, the boulevard
roughly traces the arc of mountains that form part of the northern
boundary of the
Los Angeles Basin, following the path of a 1780s
cattle trail from the Pueblo de
Los Angeles to the ocean.
From Downtown Los Angeles, the boulevard heads northwest, to
Hollywood, through which it travels due west for several miles before
it bends southwest towards the ocean. It passes through or near Echo
Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly
Hills, and Holmby Hills. In Bel-Air, Sunset
Boulevard runs along the
northern boundary of UCLA's Westwood campus. The boulevard continues
through Brentwood to Pacific Palisades, where it terminates at the
Pacific Coast Highway intersection.
The boulevard has curvaceous winding stretches, and can be treacherous
for unaware drivers in some sections. Sunset
Boulevard is at least
four lanes wide along its entire route. Sunset is frequently congested
with traffic loads beyond its design capacity.
Boulevard historically extended farther east than it now does,
Alameda Street near Union Station and beside Olvera Street
in the historic section of Downtown. The portion of Sunset Boulevard
Figueroa Street was renamed Cesar Chavez Avenue in 1994,
along with Macy Street and Brooklyn Avenue, in honor of the late
Mexican-American union leader and civil rights activist.
In 1877, one of the earlier real estate owners from "back East" Horace
H. Wilcox, decided to subdivide his more than 20 acres (8 hectares) of
land (mostly orchards and vineyards) along Sunset Boulevard, including
what is today
Hollywood and Vine.
In 1890, Belgian diplomat Victor Ponet bought 240 acres (97 hectares)
of the former
Rancho La Brea
Rancho La Brea land grant. His son-in-law, Francis S.
Montgomery, inherited this property and created Sunset
According to a 1901 article in the
Los Angeles Herald, Sunset only
Hollywood in the west to Marion Avenue in the Echo Park
district in the east. The Board of Public Works proposed to extend
Sunset east to Main Street in the Plaza by routing the road over the
existing section of Bellevue Avenue, but the plan was delayed until
approximately 1904, due to active opposition by affected land
owners. According to the 1910 Baist Real Estate Survey Atlas,
Boulevard reached the Plaza by that time, but it did so by two
short and narrow segments which were not aligned with each other and
thus did not provide a proper thoroughfare to it. In late 1912,
several properties along the route were condemned so that the
boulevard could be changed in both its width and its
alignment. With these changes completed, Sunset
reached North Main Street and continued as Marchessault along the
northern end of the Plaza. This section, variously marked and signed
as Marchessault Street or East Sunset Boulevard, remained open to
traffic until the late 1960s or early 1970s. At that time Sunset
was realigned one block north and Marchessault was closed to motor
In 1921, a westward expansion of Sunset began, extending the road from
the then-current terminus at Sullivan Canyon through Santa Monica to
the coast. This land, a portion of the original 1838 holdings of
Fransisco Marquez, stretched across a mesa and became known as the
"Riviera section." Will Rogers, who had bought much of this land as an
investment, later donated it to the State of
California creating Will
Rogers State Historic Park. Circa 1931, Sunset was a paved road
from Horn Avenue to Havenhurst Avenue.
Sunset Strip portion of Sunset
Boulevard in West
been famous for its active nightlife at least since the 1950s.
In the 1970s, the area between Gardner Street and Western Avenue was a
center for street prostitution. Shortly after a well publicized
June 1995 incident, police raids drove out the majority of prostitutes
on the Boulevard.
Part of Sunset
Hollywood is also sometimes called "Guitar
Row" due to the large number of guitar stores and music
industry-related businesses, including the recording studios
Sunset Sound Studios
Sunset Sound Studios and United Western Recorders.
The portion of Sunset
Boulevard that passes through Beverly Hills was
once named Beverly Boulevard.
The boulevard is commemorated in Billy Wilder's 1950 film Sunset
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name, and the
1950s television series 77 Sunset Strip. Jan and Dean's 1960s hit song
"Dead Man's Curve" refers to a section of the road near Bel Air
estates just north of UCLA's Drake Stadium where Jan Berry almost died
in an automobile accident in 1966. The
Buffalo Springfield song
"For What It's Worth" was written about a riot at Pandora's Box, a
Sunset Strip club, in 1966.
Metro Local lines 2, 302 and 602 operate on Sunset Boulevard, with the
former two running through most of Sunset
Boulevard between Downtown
LA and UCLA, and the latter from
UCLA west. The Metro Red Line
operates a subway station at Vermont Avenue.
At 4334 W. Sunset Boulevard, lies the wall featured on the cover of
the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith's 2000 album, Figure 8. Since
Elliot's death in 2003, the wall has become a mural for the artist
where fans have left many personal messages over the years.
Landmarks include (past and present)
Beverly Hills Hotel
Blessed Sacrament Church
CBS Columbia Square
Crossroads of the World
Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America headquarters
Dudley Do-Right Emporium
Earl Carroll Theatre
The Garden of Allah
Hollywood Athletic Club
Hollywood High School
House of Blues
Hyatt West Hollywood
The London Fog
Los Angeles Film School
Marymount High School
Metromedia Square (the former Fox Television Center and
Nickelodeon on Sunset
Palisades Charter High School
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum
Rainbow Bar and Grill
The Roxy Theatre
Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Sunset Gower Studios
Whisky a Go Go
Will Rogers State Beach
Will Rogers State Historic Park
Sunset Boulevard (film)
Sunset Boulevard (film) (1950)
Los Angeles portal
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ISBN 978-0-06-172627-9. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
^ Hawthorne, Christopher (July 14, 2012). "For Sunset, a new dawn".
Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
^ Kennelley 1981, p. 69.
^ Kennelley 1981, p. 165.
^ McGroarty, John Steven (1921).
Los Angeles from the Mountains to the
Sea: With Selected Biography of Actors and Witnesses to the Period of
Growth and Achievement, Volume 3. American Historical Society.
p. 891. OCLC 920607532.
^ "Board Acts With Favor: Sunset
Boulevard May Be Extended: Proposed
Improvement Will Cost Hundred Thousand Dollars: Estimates Are
Presented to Board of Public Works by Fred Eaton and That Body Grants
Petition, for Its Extension—Cost of Widening Bellevue Avenue to a
Point Near Plaza".
Los Angeles Herald. 28 (4). October 5, 1901.
p. 9 – via
California Digital Newspaper Collection. Sunset
boulevard at present extends from Hollywood, in the beautiful Cahuenga
valley, to Marion avenue. It is now proposed to make Bellevue avenue
an extension of the system from Marion avenue to Main street. In order
to make the driveway a uniform width It will be necessary to widen
Bellevue avenue from seventeen to twenty feet in many places between
Marion avenue and the plaza.
Boulevard May Reach Plaza: City Councilmen Encourage The
Extensive Project. Committee of Business Men Secures Favorable Action
from the Board of Public Works".
Los Angeles Times. October 5, 1901.
p. A2. (Subscription required (help)). Alternate Link via
Boulevard Is Completed: Suburban Residents Will Celebrate
Los Angeles Herald. 31 (227). May 13, 1904. p. 12 –
California Digital Newspaper Collection.
Los Angeles And
Hollywood Unite In Opening Of Sunset Boulevard".
Los Angeles Herald. 31 (229). May 15, 1904. p. 5 – via
California Digital Newspaper Collection.
^ "Protest Against Improvement".
Los Angeles Herald. 29 (315). August
14, 1902. p. 6 – via
California Digital Newspaper
^ 1910 Baist Real Estate Survey Atlas, Los Angeles. Plate 003 (Map).
Philadelphia: G. W. Baist. 1910. OCLC 19764849.
^ "Old-day Buildings to Go for Street".
Los Angeles Times. September
17, 1912. p. I7. (Subscription required (help)). Alternate
Link via ProQuest.
^ Baist Real Estate Survey Atlas, Los Angeles. Plate 003 (Map).
Philadelphia: G. W. Baist. 1914.
^ More research is needed to pin down the year
^ Kennelley 1981, p. 219-221.
^ Kennelley 1981, p. 182.
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p. 455. ISBN 978-0-679-74072-8. Retrieved 9 August
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ISBN 978-0-313-32968-5. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
^ Green, Frank W. M. (5 March 2008). D'Angelico, Master Guitar
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ISBN 978-1-57424-217-1. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
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^ Rasmussen, Cecilia (August 5, 2007). "Closing of club ignited the
Sunset Strip riots'".
Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 9,
Kennelley, Joe; Hankey, Roy (1981). Sunset Boulevard: America's Dream
Street. Burbank, California: Darwin Publications.
ISBN 0933506066. OCLC 9759543.
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L.A. : Sunset Boulevard: Epitome of L.A. : As It Winds From
Plaza to Ocean, Diversity Is Its Name".
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