Carlos Avenue

Named in 1905 on a tract co-owned by Josephine Twist (1862-1925). Given the dearth of guys named Carlos in Hollywood at that time, this street most likely honors her nephew Carlos Gassagne Drouet (1900-1961), who was born in DTLA but moved to a farm at Sunset and Cahuenga with his family while in his infancy. Carlos’s mother Marie (1863-1905), who died of cancer just months after this street was named, was Josephine’s sister. Their parents – that is, Carlos’s grandparents – were Charles Gassagne, a French immigrant, and Concepcíon Mascarel, either the daughter or more likely the stepdaughter of early Los Angeles mayor Jose Mascarel. (Carlos’s own father Louis Drouet was a harness maker from New Orleans.) The Drouets cofounded what became Hollywood’s Blessed Sacrament Catholic church. An avid cyclist ever since he was a Western Union messenger boy, Carlos served in both WWI and WWII and worked as a DWP substation manager. He and his wife Mary, with whom he had one child (Charles Louis a.k.a. Chuck), would live in various Eastside neighborhoods.