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Home > California > Downey > NASA Industrial Plant, Testing Facility, 12214 Lakewood Boulevard, Downey, Los Angeles County, CA



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Location
12214 Lakewood Boulevard, Downey, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-310-R
Building/structure dates: 1955 initial construction
Significance: Building 6 was constructed in 1955 to support the North American Missile Programs. Substantial design efforts for the Navaho (X-10), Hound Dog (GAM77) and Little Joe Programs were performed in this building.1 Building 6 contained the NASA mission control area, labs, clean rooms, research and development facilities and the Rockwell Operational Software Engineering System (ROSES) software development rooms. It housed a variety of functions including mission support to the Apollo program, clean rooms for fabrication of missile parts, spacecraft propellant systems, and a software development center. Given the long and significant role the building played to the Apollo and Space Shuttle program, it "is a significant historical building on the Downey site."2 In 1965, the building was modified to provide new support and development rooms for the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. The building played a significant role in the development and manufacture of surface-to-surface guided missile systems and air-to-ground missiles as well as to the NASA S-II program (1962-1969) and the Skylab space program (1961-1975). Building 6 is also significant for its association with American Astronauts from the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs when it provided the real-time telemetry support to every Apollo and Space Shuttle mission.1 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "Final Historic Buildings and Structures Inventory and Evaluation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Industrial Plant Parcels I and II Downey, California." November 1999. Appendix G.2 Gerald Blackburn, Aerospace Legacy Foundation, Interview by Katrina Harrison. NASA Industrial Plant, Downey, CA. November 7, 2003.

Subjects
Military Facilities
Research Facilities
Development


Related Names
Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
EXTERIOR SOUTH SIDE VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST.
EXTERIOR SOUTHEAST CORNER VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST.
EXTERIOR SOUTH SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST.
EXTERIOR EAST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST.
EXTERIOR NORTH SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST.
EXTERIOR SOUTHEAST CORNER DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST.
EXTERIOR EAST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST.
EXTERIOR NORTH SIDE VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST.
INTERIOR WEST HALLWAY DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH.
INTERIOR STAND UP ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST.
INTERIOR BULLPEN AREA DETAIL VIEW, FACING EAST.
INTERIOR BULLPEN AREA DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH.
INTERIOR MISSION SUPPORT ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH.
INTERIOR MISSION SUPPORT ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTH.
INTERIOR CONFERENCE ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH.
INTERIOR CUSTOMER VIEWING ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM ASSEMBLY & SUPPORT, FACING NORTHEAST.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM ASSEMBLY & SUPPORT, FACING NORTH.
INTERIOR X-RAY ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTH.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM HALLWAY DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTH.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM ASSEMBLY & SUPPORT, FACING SOUTHEAST.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM ASSEMBLY & SUPPORT (A), FACING NORTHEAST.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM ASSEMBLY & SUPPORT (B), FACING SOUTHWEST.
INTERIOR ROSES SUPPORT ROOM, FACING NORTHWEST.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM AIRLOCK AREA, FACING EAST.
INTERIOR CLEAN ROOM AIRLOCK AREA, FACING NORTHEAST.
INTERIOR ROSES SUPPORT ROOM WITH VAULTS, FACING SOUTH.
INTERIOR ROSES SUPPORT ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST.
INTERIOR BULLPEN AREA DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST.
INTERIOR SECOND FLOOR LANDING, FACING SOUTH.
INTERIOR SECOND FLOOR UTILITY ROOM, FACING SOUTHEAST.
INTERIOR SECOND FLOOR UTILITY ROOM, FACING SOUTH.


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