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Old Posted Mar 15, 2013, 2:00 AM
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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post
San Fernando Rd (1936)

Originally built for the Hemphill Diesel Engineering Schools
GW, I thought you might find this interesting.

"In 1936, Architects Norstrom and Anderson expanded an existing lumber shed from 1923 and added a streamlined, two-story office portion
fronting San Fernando Road. The addition features a central tower and one of Los Angeles' great architectural tributes to the machine age:
an expansive frieze across the facade with reliefs depicting the use of diesel engines in trains, planes, ships, trucks, tractors, and electric
generating sets."

found on ebay

I'm curious about the lantern atop the tower. I wonder how it was lit? beacon-like?


stark lines-a contemporary view

Don Saban at

streamline train

stylized rainbow

ocean liner


Scott Lowe at

After Hemphill's departure, the building on San Fernando Road became a pressing plant for Capitol Records.


below: Stan Kenton at Capitol Records' pressing plant.* ( I marked Shelly Manne with a red V)

* To be honest, I am not 100% sure this is the San Fernando Road pressing plant. When I first noticed Shelly Manne I immediately thought L.A.!
but Mr. Manne didn't move to Los Angeles until the late 1950s. -so this could possibly be an east coast plant.

previous post on Shelly Manne and his "Manne-Hole" on Cahuenga between Sunset & Hollywood Boulevard.

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