Hughes Aircraft Company, Hull Pattern Building, 6775 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER CA-174-I
Building/structure dates: 1943 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1947 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
Significance: Contiguous with the north side of Building 15 and nearly as long, this narrow, single story wood frame structure is the only element of the Building 14-15-16 complex which does not employ laminated wooden arches as its primary structural members. A post and beam structure 540 ft long by 50 wide, substantial 10 x 12 inch members carry bowstring trusses which support the vaulted roof and provide clear span work spaces below. At 42 ft in height, it is considerably lower than Building 15, and the roofline is broken at midpoint by a single flat-roofed bay. ... Constructed contemporaneously with the giant Cargo Building and Building 16, Building 14 was completed by August, 1943. Designed specifically to house the two enormous wood and plaster patterns used to form the Duramold hull of the Flying Boat, the building (variously designated Building D-1 or the Hull Patter Building) originally consisted of two independent, open sided structures - one for each pattern - separated by a single bay width at the center. The patterns were stored in the building for the duration of the project and are visible in early photographs.
Gogerty, Henry L.
De Vries, David G., Photographer
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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