Lorelei Avenue

Named for someone who only existed on the airwaves. Crime reporter Lorelei Kilbourne was a character on the CBS radio drama Big Town, which ran from 1937 until 1952. Lorelei Avenue was unveiled in 1941 by Mayfair developer Charles Blauvelt Hopper (1880-1964) on his so-called “Columbia unit”, with streets named after CBS radio personalities both real and fictional. Big Town‘s leading man was Edward G. Robinson, who played¬†crusading newspaper editor Steve Wilson until 1943. Although¬†Claire Trevor originated the role of Wilson’s sidekick Lorelei, Ona Munson (1903-1955) played the part from 1939 until 1943 and was scheduled to appear at Lorelei Avenue’s dedication on August 2nd, 1941. We can presume she showed up; she did pose with the street sign in publicity photographs a few days earlier.