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Historic Sites Southern California


Max Factor
Hollywood, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

A Hollywood History museum has been in the plans for the site of the Max Factor Building for the past few years. Hopefully it'll open sometime in 2002 or 2003. By the way, the Max Factor museum is closed.

The marquee for the Max Factor still stands tall near Hollywood Boulevard.



Asahi Building (Now Samsung)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a shot of what's commonly known as the "Asahi Building". The billboard for Asahi recently changed to Samsung. 04-06



Wilshire Boulevard (1940's)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Jeff Pace

Here's a shot taken in the 1940's of Wilshire Boulevard, also called the Miracle Mile, in Los Angeles. Located on the near right is a Zinke's shoe repair business.

The deco greenish building in the far right is the Wiltern Theatre near Western Ave.



Bono's Deli
Fontana, CA
Photo courtesy Chris & Ginger

The Bono's Deli in Fontana is historical remnant of the past as its sits along Route 66 in Fontana. Bono's also features one of the last remaining giant oranges that used to dot the West. 06-07



Bendix Building
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the old rooftop sign for the Bendix Building the fashion district of Los Angeles that dates back to the 1930's. The three-sided sign was relit in 2003. 04-08



Eastern Columbia Building
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Chris & Ginger

The Eastern Columbia building in Los Angeles survives to this day as an art deco landmark. The building originally opened in September 1930 as the headquarters of the Easter Outfitting Company and the Columbia Outfitting Company. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the building is 13 stories tall and is built of steel reinforced concrete.

The Eastern Columbia Building was restored in 2006 and has been turned into lofts. 07-07



California Oil Museum
Santa Paula, CA
Photo courtesy John King

The California Oil Museum in Santa Paula is home to a vast exhibit of oil related history. The Union Oil Company or Unocal first began its operation using this building as a headquarters in 1890. The building has been designated a National Register Historic Site.

See the California Oil Museum website for more information. 10-10










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