St George Street

Named in 1887 on the Ivanhoe tract, which is filled with streets inspired by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) and his work. St. George was a Roman soldier martyred in the year 303 because he converted to Christianity. He’s also the patron saint of England. While one could argue that St. Andrew – Scotland’s patron saint – would be a more appropriate street name here, Walter Scott often wrote about English history and St. George is mentioned in several of his novels and poems, including Ivanhoe and Marmion. St George Street originally went only between Rowena and Waverly; it expanded in 1912 to absorb Scott Street (named for you-know-who), which had to drop its own moniker to avoid confusion with Echo Park’s Scott Avenue.