Alvarado Street

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The Pico-Union branch library on Alvarado Street

Alvarado Street is a north–south thoroughfare in Los Angeles, California in the United States. The street was named after California governor Juan Bautista Alvarado.[1]


North of Glendale Boulevard, it starts off as a residential street. It becomes a major thoroughfare south of Glendale Boulevard. Directly south of Pico Boulevard and north of Venice Boulevard, Alvarado Street merges with Hoover Street. Alvarado Street is signed as State Route 2 from Glendale Boulevard to the Hollywood Freeway. Landmarks on the thoroughfare include the Saint Vincent Medical Center,[2] the Metro station for the Red and Purple Lines at Wilshire Boulevard across from the adjacent MacArthur Park, and the Pico-Union Branch Library.

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant and El Pollo Loco's first United States restaurant are located on Alvarado Street, which is where it quickly became a local favorite.[3] Edward's Steak House was originally located on this street. Also, the Peoples Temple's Los Angeles building was located at 1366 South Alvarado Street.[4] The Romanesque Revival–style structure was designed by architect Elmer Grey in 1912 for the First Church of Christ, Scientist.[5]

Metro Local line 200 operates on Alvarado Street. The Metro Shuttle 603 also operates on Alvarado Street going only southbound.

Notable landmarks[edit]


  1. ^ William Bright; Erwin Gustav Gudde (30 November 1998). 1500 California place names: their origin and meaning. University of California Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-520-21271-8. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. ^ Maps & Driving Directions, St. Vincent Medical Center
  3. ^ The Legacy of El Pollo Loco Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine, El Pollo Loco website
  4. ^ Big Orange Landmarks page on the church
  5. ^ Layers of History Pico Union, Los Angeles Conservancy, 2009

External links[edit]

Route map:

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