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Grand Central Air Terminal, 1310 Air Way, Glendale, Los Angeles County, CA



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Item Title


Location
1310 Air Way, Glendale, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2728
Building/structure dates: 1928 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1950 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1980 subsequent work
Significance: Designed by Henry L. Gogerty in 1928, the Grand Central Air Terminal (Air Terminal) combines Spanish Colonial Revival style with Zig-zag (Art Deco) Moderne influences. As the first airport to offer air service between Los Angeles and New York, Grand Central Air Terminal quickly became the premier airport in southern California. Although the airport never became the manufacturing center its proponents envisioned, it nurtured the seeds of the aircraft industry in southern California. The first planes to bear the names of Jack Northrop and Howard Hughes were built at the Grand Central Air Terminal. Major C.C. Mosely operated a technical school at the airport, the Cal-Aero Technical Institute, which played a key role in the training of World War II pilots and mechanics. The airport also became the prime contractor in extensive maintenance overhaul programs at this time. However, after World War II, jet planes supplanted propeller aircraft and the airport's relatively short 3,400-foot runway (shortened from 3,800 feet after the war) was unable to accommodate modern aircraft. Although the Grand Central Aircraft Company remained the City's largest employer, it began declining throughout the 1950s. In 1959 the airport shut down. The 112-acre site of the Grand Central Air Terminal later opened as the Grand Central Industrial Center. The Grand Central Air Terminal served as the focus of the community's aviation transportation system and played a significant role in Glendale's aviation history. The building is the last extant property in the City that conveys substantial historic significance and important association with the Glendale airport and Cal-Aero Technical Institute. Therefore, it appears eligible for individual listing in the National Register under Criterion A at the local level, as a physical record of events that helped shape the city of Glendale and for its associated aviation history. The Grand Central Air Terminal also appears to satisfy Criterion C for listing in the National Register at the local level for its exceptional application of Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture with Zig-zag Moderne influences in the design of an airport terminal. In addition, the building is an excellent representative of early "simple" airport terminal design, which drew upon architectural forms previously established for building types associated with railroad transportation. The Glendale facility projected the image of a suburban railway station in both design and title "Grand Central Air Terminal." The Grand Central Air Terminal is listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources.

Related Names
Gogerty, Henry L.
Spicer, Capt. Charles C.
Olmos, Tavo, Photographer
Ostashay, Janet, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
EXTERIOR, NORTHWEST CORNER VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST
EXTERIOR, SOUTHWEST CORNER VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
EXTERIOR, NORTH SIDE OVERALL VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST
EXTERIOR, NORTHWEST CORNER VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST
EXTERIOR, NORTH SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH
EXTERIOR, NORTH SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST
EXTERIOR, WEST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
EXTERIOR, NORTH COLONNADE DETAIL VIEW, FACING WEST
EXTERIOR, NORTHEAST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST
EXTERIOR, NORTHWEST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST
EXTERIOR, NORTH SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST
EXTERIOR, NORTH SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST
EXTERIOR, SOUTHEAST CORNER DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST
EXTERIOR, EAST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST
EXTERIOR, SOUTHEAST CORNER VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST
EXTERIOR, NORTHEAST CORNER VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR-ORIGINAL WAITING ROOM AREA, FACING SOUTH
INTERIOR, ORIGINAL WAITING ROOM AREA FROM SECOND FLOOR, FACING SOUTH
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR-ORIGINAL WAITING ROOM AREA, FACING NORTH
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR ORIGINAL WAITING ROOM AREA STAIRCASE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR-ORIGINAL WAITING ROOM AREA DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTH
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR-NORTHWEST CORNER DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR SOUTHEAST CORNER VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR SOUTHWEST CORNER DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR WEST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTH
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR WEST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTH
INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR WEST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR WEST SIDE DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTH
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR LANDING DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR LANDING DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR LANDING VIEW, FACING EAST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR LANDING VIEW, FACING WEST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR DINING ROOM VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR DINING ROOM DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHWEST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR DINING ROOM VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR DINING ROOM CEILING DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
EXTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR NORTH SIDE VERANDAH DETAIL VIEW FACING EAST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR NORTH SIDE VERANDAH DETAIL VIEW FACING EAST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR NORTHEAST CORNER DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR NORTHWEST CORNER DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTH
INTERIOR, THIRD FLOOR TOWER DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
INTERIOR, FOURTH FLOOR TOWER DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHEAST
INTERIOR, FIFTH FLOOR (OBSERVATION DECK) DETAIL VIEW, FACING NORTHEAST
INTERIOR, FIFTH FLOOR (OBSERVATION DECK) DETAIL VIEW, FACING SOUTHWEST
Photographic copy of reproduced photograph dated 1929. Exterior view, west elevation
Photographic copy of reproduced photograph dated 1936. Exterior view, northwest corner of building
Photographic copy of reproduced photograph dated 1936. Exterior view, south elevation. Air show in progress
Photographic copy of reproduced photograph dated 1942. Exterior view, west elevation. Building camouflaged during World War II.
Photographic copy of reproduced photograph dated 1936. Exterior view, detail of northwest corner and west elevation


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