Carthay Circle, Los Angeles

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Carthay Circle
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Carthay Circle is located in Western Los Angeles
Carthay Circle
Carthay Circle
Location within Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′41″N 118°22′11″W / 34.0613272°N 118.3696349°W / 34.0613272; -118.3696349Coordinates: 34°03′41″N 118°22′11″W / 34.0613272°N 118.3696349°W / 34.0613272; -118.3696349
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Los Angeles
Time zone Pacific
Zip Code 90048
Area code(s) 323

Carthay Circle is a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, California. Originally named Carthay Center, the neighborhood was later re-named after the famed Carthay Circle Theater. [1]


The neighborhood is bounded by Fairfax Avenue to the east, Olympic Boulevard to the south, and Wilshire Boulevard to the north.[2]


Originally named Carthay Center, Carthay Circle was planned in 1921 by landscape architects Cook and Hill.[2] Developer J. Henry McCarthay founded the 136-acre, mainly Spanish Revival, community. No two homes are alike due to the rule that all homes had to be designed individually by an architect, and notable designers such as Paul Williams and Robert Byrd contributed to the neighborhood. [3]

McCarthy named the streets in honor of prominent figures of the California Gold Rush.[4] He also planned the neighborhood around a shopping center.[2]

The main feature of the neighborhood was the Carthay Circle Theater. The theater was finished in 1926, and soon became the focal point of Carthay Center.[1] The theater, site of film premieres including Disney's Snow White and Gone with the Wind, inspired the community to change the name from “Carthay Center” to “Carthay Circle.” [5] The theater was demolished in 1969 [6].

Parks and Recreation

  • Carthay Circle Park - The park is located at the intersection of McCarthy Vista & Crescent Heights Boulevard and is maintained by the City of Los Angeles.[7]


Located in Carthay Circle Park, "The Pioneer” is a statue by Henry Lion that stands about seven feet tall and weighs 512 pounds and was designed as part of a fountain. [8] It was installed on September 25, 1924.[1]

Alternately known as "Dan the Miner", the statue went missing in 2009. It has been stolen during a rash of robberies spawned by rising copper prices. The statue was recovered, repaired, and reinstalled in 2010.[8]

Historic Preservation Overlay Zone

The Carthay Circle Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) adopting ordinance became effective on July 24, 1998. [9] The Carthay Circle preservation plan was adopted by the City of Los Angeles on December 9, 2010. Objectives of the HPOZ include: Safeguarding the character of historic buildings and sites and recognizing and protecting the historic streetscape and development patterns. [10]


  1. ^ a b c Meares, Hadley. "Pioneers, Politics, and Punches: Dan the Miner, Carthay Circle, and Dirty Dealings in the Golden West". 
  2. ^ a b c Winkler, Robert. An Arch Guidebook to Los Angeles. p. 163. 
  3. ^ "Carthay Circle Neighborhood Association - History of Carthay Circle". 
  4. ^ "Carthay Circle - Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles". 
  5. ^ "Carthay Circle - Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles". 
  6. ^ "Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, CA - Cinema Treasures". 
  7. ^ "CARTHAY CIRCLE PARK - City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks". 
  8. ^ a b Young, Jacy. "LAistory: Dan the Miner". 
  9. ^ "Carthay Circle Ordinance" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "Los Angeles City Office of Historic Resources" (PDF). 
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