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Postby nichols » Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:53 pm

We've been talking in the ModCom about historic auto dealerships in L.A. County. I actually started a thread over in the car section about it, but after four years we only have 16 candidates? Is that really all that's left?

Casa de Cadillac
14401 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
1949, Randall Duell

CRESTVIEW CADILLAC
2700 E GARVEY AVE South,
WEST COVINA, CA
1962

CLIPPINGER CHEVROLET
137 W SAN BERNARDINO RD,
COVINA, CA

Felix Chevrolet
3330 S Figueroa St, Â
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Built 1939 as Tupman Motors (Ford)
Became Felix Chevrolet in 1959

Nelson Dodge (Formerly Nelson PONTIAC)
3462 Peck Rd,
El Monte,CA

Crenshaw Motors (Ford)
5140 Crenshaw Blvd.,
Los Angeles

Tate Cadillac
Pomona, CA

Norman Ford
Pomona, CA

Massey Chevrolet Cadillac
10700 Studebaker Road
Downey, CA 90241

Reynolds Buick
345 N. Citrus Ave., Covina
c. 1965

Pasadena Ford
1365 N. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA

Alberston Olds/Chevrolet
Washington/Sepulveda
Culver City

Star Chrysler Jeep
1401 South Brand Boulevard,
Glendale, CA 91204

Glendale Dodge
1101 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA

Downey Ford
9500 Lakewood Blvd.
Downey, CA 90240

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

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Postby babyblue65bird » Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:08 am

I've always thought Rydell Cadillac / Oldsmobile on Reseda Blvd was pretty cool in a 60s modern sort of way. And isn't there a pair of glass and steel dealerships on Topanga that have some architectural provenance?
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Postby nichols » Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:41 pm

Any more info on these?

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Rydell Cadillac, 1965
8400 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA

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Livingston Pontiac, 1968
6133 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA

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Postby nichols » Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:41 pm

Say, Gnomus... want to take some pictures?
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Postby babyblue65bird » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:30 am

The Pontiac dealer on Topanga was designed by none other than Paul R. Williams.

https://digital.lib.washington.edu/arch ... res/10677/
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Postby babyblue65bird » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:47 am

As was the neighboring Honda dealership, which was unfortunately demolished in 2003 :(


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Postby Gnomus » Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:45 pm

Chris, Re: photos -- what do you have in mind?

Also, I shot this in early June.

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The address matches Ray Vines Chrysler-Plymouth down in Long Beach. It's Worthington Cars and Trucks now, and LoopNet has the property listed for $4,650,000, if you're in the market.

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Postby nichols » Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:38 pm

That's fantastic! I'd love to see images like that on each of the remaining dealerships. We're trying to prioritize the best of what remains. Casa seems to be holding the number one spot.

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Postby Chrisgreen » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:30 pm

Here is the beautiful sign pavilion at Crestview Cadillac, at 2700 E Garvey Ave S, in West Covina, CA.
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And this is the 1970s era corporate GM signage at Crestview. These are less distinctive but also becoming a rarer sight these days...
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We visited Reynolds Buick this weekend, also in West Covina.
The original sign is still there (with newer stuff tacked on) and the original space-age flying steel buttress building.... I think it should be high on the list.

Also nearby is great signage at Clippinger Chevrolet. Both are on Citrus Ave.

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Well there's a small scale one

Postby modfan » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:58 am

Like a 3/4 sized Safeway market-Richard Hibbard Chevrolet in Claremont.


Oops just thought of another

Weber & Cooper Lincoln Mercury (it's something else now-sadly)
N. side of Holt Bl. at Mountain Ave. in Ontario.
used to have a gold/yellow toned mosaic wall where the fountain(?)
is now and raised lettering spelling out the dealership name


You can see em on Google Street View.

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Postby nichols » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:44 am

THANKS, I think Tate moves up closer to the top of the list....
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Tate Cadillac
896 E. Holt Ave., Pomona

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Weber & Cooper Lincoln Mercury
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Richard Hibbard Chevrolet
191 S Indian Hill Blvd
Claremont, CA
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Postby nichols » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:46 am

Chris, I love Reynolds, it's sort of a prefab all-steel thing and completely unique. Didn't they make a nice contribution to our ModCom Wayne McAllister exhibit years ago? Did you happen to shoot it from the front? I think it dates to 1965.

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Postby Gnomus » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:25 pm

Here's a shot of Felix Chevrolet that I also posted in the Modern Transportation thread.

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Looks like I'll be going up into the Valley on Friday. I'll try to shoot Casa de Cadillac, Rydell Cadillac and Livingston Pontiac while I'm in the area.

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Postby nichols » Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:58 pm

That's great! M-M also reports there may be some more in Canoga Park along Sherman Way...

Here's the parallel thread:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=3183

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Postby Chrisgreen » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:12 pm

I happened to do a quick drive-by of Harbor Chevrolet last weekend, in north Long Beach on Cherry, and noticed the signs.
Didn't get a chance to shoot, but someone else did (the signs at least.) Look here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tortugaone ... 720642795/

I'm not sure about the significance of the buildings, but maybe someone else can elaborate on that.

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Postby Gnomus » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:30 am

Debra Jane Seltzer of Agilitynut.com sent me this in response to a question about some info she had on Ray Vines:

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:53 am

nichols wrote:That's great! M-M also reports there may be some more in Canoga Park along Sherman Way...


i drove by one of them last weekend - the sign for what is now called "Calidad" auto sales is is still there and cool, but the buildings are just plain caliBAD!

there was another 1960s dealership bldg. further west of topanga on sherman way - or roscoe - i can't remember - next time i'm in town - i will try to find it - or maybe someone else is in the area?

there was also a "glass box" dealership on the valley tour at 200 olive street - was Burbank Ford in 1966 - by Fred Earl Norris.


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6111 and 6133 Topanga Canyon Blvd. historic names: "Guy Martin Oldsmobile" and "Livingston Pontiac"
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Postby nichols » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:13 pm

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Star Chrysler Jeep (1956)
1401 South Brand Boulevard,
Glendale, CA 91204
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Glendale Dodge (1959)
1101 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA
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Postby Gnomus » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:03 pm

Today: Casa de Cadillac. Chris's OP has the date as 1949; their website says the business was established in 48. Did they open the lot before the building was completed?

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I wish I could cut down that damn palm tree!

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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get to any of the other dealerships on the list, but I shot a lot of businesses along Ventura Blvd.

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Postby nichols » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:04 pm

Those are great! Tax assessor says '49 and this article came out on 10/10/48 saying they had just broken ground.

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Postby Gnomus » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:17 pm

Padding their resume. Nothing new there!

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Postby modfan » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:46 pm

Is that a real recent pic of Casa?

The Saab and Hummer lettering is gone (actually now it's back to
the way it originally was)

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Postby Perks » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:14 am

You can see a faint shadow of the old "Hummer" sign on the first picture. The local Hummer dealership is now on Van Nuys Blvd. and is no longer owned by the Casa Automotive Group. Guess they wised up and removed the SAAB sign while they were at it.
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Postby nichols » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:01 am

What do we think of Crenshaw Ford? In this case, does signage alone make a building? It's a very smart streamline moderne structure that had an intact interior. Does losing all that signage negate its importance?
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Crenshaw Ford
5311 Crenshaw Blvd.,
Los Angeles

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Postby Gnomus » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:26 am

Modfan, I took those pictures about six hours before I posted them, so yes, they're pretty recent.

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Postby nichols » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:17 pm

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Pasadena Ford
1365 N. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA

(by the way, please consider my pictures as placeholders until we get better ones)

I imagine this would make a pretty great feature on the new and improved modcom.org site.

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Postby Chrisgreen » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:37 am

I think the Crenshaw Ford building is amazing, even with the new signage, but oh, what a shame that the signage is gone --- because it was exponentially better with it. But I think this building is important and should be preserved, no question about it. I think the Casa de Cadillac building is similar in that regard, so I really hope the signage stays intact on that one.

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Postby Gnomus » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:57 pm

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I shot this today in South Gate; the address is 2440 Firestone Blvd. It looks like it might have been a dealership at one time, with the showroom to the left, repair bays on the right, and a bit of room in the middle to display cars.

Now the showroom is filled wall-to-wall with engines salvaged from Japanese cars.

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:34 pm

2440 Firestone is a GREAT building, but like it's cousin at Wilshire and La Brea was a Firestone tire outlet. So, while absolutely incredible and preservation worthy, but kinda disqualified for this particular list. I was there this weekend and noticed what I believe is the Firestone plant on the north side of the street.

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:36 pm

Gonzales (Massey) Cadillac to close.


Casa de Gonzales is latest auto dealership to close
by Christian Brown, Staff WriterAug 28, 2009 | 283 views | 3 | 2 | |

DOWNEY PATRIOT

Casa de Gonzales Cadillac and Chevrolet is the latest Downey auto dealership to close. Downey Ford shut down in January. Courtesy www.RoadsideArchitecture.com
DOWNEY – Since declaring bankruptcy on June. 1, General Motors Corp. has struggled to find its footing, leaving hundreds of dealerships that sell its brands fighting to keep their doors open. Soon Casa De Gonzales Cadillac and Chevrolet of Downey will become the latest GM dealership to shut down...

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