Thursday, May 6, 2010

United States Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center


1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Los Angeles Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center was designed to be the largest enclosed structure without columns in the world at that time. The architectural firm for this building was Stiles Clements & Associates. They built many movie theaters and auditoriums in the first half of the 20th century. Some of their projects, while not part of the New Deal included the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, Chapman Market, the Mayan Theater and the indoor swimming pool at Beverley Hills High School along with many other buildings.

The Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center was a WPA, Work Progress Administration project and was built between 1938 and 1941. It was designed with an Art Deco style that was very common in the 1930s and 1940s. The Art Deco style is characterized by vertical and horizontal geometric patterns and shapes, sunburst and chevron designs. This building was the largest Navy Reserve in the United States and the second oldest. Over 100,000 sailors were processed and trained there during WWII. Today the building is a training center for Los Angeles Fire Department.




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