Dealership in Long Beach

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Dealership in Long Beach

Postby 2Tone » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:33 pm

Excuse the poor cell phone picture. I liked how it was pointing toward the moon and I had to snap it.

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Does anyone know when this building was built and what dealership occupied it originally? It's on the corner of Lakewood and Willow and was a KIA dealership until recently.

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Postby BOXOUTBM » Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:56 am

I live close by and always loved that building. I will look tonight at this book. I am pretty sure that it is in here

http://shop.com.edgesuite.net/ccimg.sho ... /image.jpg

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Postby Synthetrix » Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:38 pm

That is a great old car dealership building. There are some other photos of it on my website at

http://65.254.59.194/%7Evstapf/calw/index.htm
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Postby Tony » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:09 am

Rather like Albert Frey's gas station in Palm Springs!

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Postby nichols » Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:33 pm

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Ray Vines Chrysler - Plymouth - Imperial, 1963
4201 E. Willow St.
Long Beach

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:01 pm

what do we know about this architect?

we have a similar one here in vegas...
findley chrysler
i seem to remember alan hess remarking about it, but can't remember what he told me?
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Postby scowsa » Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:02 pm

Note how the original lights -- now replaced -- also used a butterfly shape.
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Ah

Postby modfan » Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:19 pm

how things changed

Now it's a Kia dealer and part of the ubiquitous Cal Worthington chain.

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Re: Ah

Postby 2Tone » Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:39 pm

Thanks for the information!! It's neat to know that it was a Chrysler dealer.

modfan wrote:how things changed

Now it's a Kia dealer and part of the ubiquitous Cal Worthington chain.


It's no longer a KIA dealership. It's now a generic used car lot.

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Postby Kimba » Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:55 pm

AWESOME retro pic! Those parking lot lights are out of sight!
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Property vacant

Postby retromodernjeff » Mon May 26, 2008 6:59 pm

Drove by this a couple days ago, its now vacant. Are the dozers far behind? Better get that OSB/stucco box with a neo-med fake facade up quick.

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Postby Adriene » Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:26 am

We're adding this issue to the Commercial Council Agenda for our next meeting this Wed -- please join us for drinks/dinner & discussion!

When: Wed., June 4th at 7pm

Where: Gordon Biersch restaurant (side patio)
145 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank
(818) 569-5240

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Postby Adriene » Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:40 am

We just learned that this dealership was designed by the architect of Harvey's (Johnie's) Broiler!

From the Broiler nomination authored by Peter Moruzzi:
(Note: Clayton has since passed away)

"Architect Paul B. Clayton, born in 1914 and still a practicing architect, initially had his offices in Maywood but in the mid-nineteen fifties moved to Downey where he maintained offices at 7641 Firestone Boulevard until 1985. It is noteworthy that a Downey-based architect designed and built Harvey's (Johnie's) Broiler. The previous collaborations Clayton had had with Ortner on building and remodeling Ortner's Clock Broiler restaurants provided both men with the experience necessary to design what became one of the most architecturally and culturally significant buildings in the City of Downey. According to Clayton, the Broiler also represents the most important commercial building of Clayton's long career in terms of its longevity, prominence, and cultural impact in Downey and neighboring communities.

Clayton was involved in approximately 280 projects in Downey and the surrounding area.

On Firestone Boulevard in Downey, Clayton's buildings include:

the 'Firestone Center' and another commercial center at Firestone Boulevard and Old River School Road.

On Paramount Boulevard, also in Downey, Clayton completed an office complex, 'Mechanics Bank,' 'Cicero's Restaurant,' an Oldsmobile dealership, and several apartment houses.

In addition, Clayton built over 100 single family houses in Downey."

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Postby nichols » Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:59 pm

Here is a similar dealership on Route 66. Are these the only two remaining examples of their kind in Southern Calfornia?

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California Car and Truck > 17050 Foothill Blvd, Fontana, CA

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For Sale

Postby SFG » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:35 pm

There are now 'For Sale' signs up on the Long Beach dealership. It would be such a shame for a developer to buy the property as a tear down. Anyone have several million dollars and a use for this building?


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