Tract centered on a street named after developer’s horse?
On August 18, 1954, Roy Boyd Warring (c. 1901-1969) and Florence Allen Warring (1899-1979) filed Tract number 19364 with the City of Los Angeles, laying out ten homesites along a new street – Girla Way – between Sanford Adler’s contemporaneous developments: California Country Club Estates and Hillcrest View Estates.
Mr. Warring was an owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses, including “Girlaway” (1946-?) – likely named after famed 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway (1938-1953).
Permits for building all ten homes were obtained by different owners; however, all but one show the same architect, C. A. Williams of 3557 Dunn Drive in Palms. The exception was the home at 9914 Girla Way built by Gerald Bernard Surfas (1916-2009), founder of Surfas Culinary District. Two of the homes were listed for sale as new in 1955, including the one built by Warring at 9919 Girla Way.
Along with providing the above photo, LAStreetnames.com reports more about Mr. Warring: