Scanning A1A in Cocoa Beach
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The ChronoPoints team ventured to La Mesa in March to capture the Penske-Ford Roundhouse prior to its impending demolition. We just learned the demolition of the building is now underway. We are currently working on a detailed Project Page regarding the structure’s history and our laser scanning effort. Until we launch the Roundhouse Project Page, here is a sample laser scan image of the building.
Today, I was in Cocoa Beach researching several locations that ChronoPoints plans to laser scan this summer. I thought I would share this wonderful City of Cocoa Beach emblem from the 1960s when the community was known as Missileland, USA due to the influence of nearby Cape Canaveral (Kennedy). The logo depicts the outline of a Minuteman Missile rising from the Cape.
If you have traveled to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there is a good chance that you have seen these colorful mosaics that bring life to what would be very long and dull walks within the airport’s tunnel system. While the public can only see three of the original seven mosaics today, they are wonderful representations of mid-century LAX. So while walking through the Terminal 3 tunnel today, I could not resist snapping this photo and of course, it reminded me of a great 1963 movie, Sunday in New York, where Cliff Robertson’s character raced through one of these tunnels (but it …
Our March trip to San Diego was very productive. We were able to laser scan the Roundhouse building at Penske-Ford prior to its impending demolition and two additional area structures! While in La Mesa we also captured the exteriors of the JSC Innovation Centre (formerly a Home Savings building with a Millard Sheets Studio mosaic) and the 1908 McKinney House (La Mesa Historical Society). For additional information on the Millard Sheets mosaics on former Home Savings buildings throughout San Diego and Los Angeles http://adamarenson.com/category/home-savings-and-millard-sheets/ https://la.curbed.com/2011/10/10/10435072/how-la-banks-got-their-midcentury-mosaics-and-murals
The ChronoPoints team is heading to San Diego, well actually La Mesa just outside of San Diego, to capture the Penske-Ford Roundhouse building just prior to its impending demolition. The Roundhouse was inspired by the Ford Pavilion at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. Upon returning from the World’s Fair, the dealership’s original owner Elmer Drew, commissioned architect James Hurley to create a structure that invoked the lines noted Los Angeles architect Welton Becket developed for his masterpiece at the Fair. Read more about the Roundhouse demolition in the San Diego Reader. Additional information regarding Welton Becket can be found in Built by …
See our paper on scanning the TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport and the Cocoa Beach Glass Bank for the 2018 Creative Cities Conference/ Congreso Ciudades Creativas: MID-CENTURY MODERN STRUCTURES AND COMMUNITY: CAPTURING A BUILDING’S LIFE (ESTRUCTURAS MODERNAS Y COMUNIDAD DE MEDIADOS DE SIGLO: CAPTURANDO LA VIDA DE UN EDIFICIO) Authors: Robert A. MICHLOWITZ, Lori C. WALTERS, and Michelle J. ADAMS