Photo courtesy Jim Newland, La Mesa Historical Society Taken June 29, 2018 With the decorative white beams to the right, this image depicts the complete demolition of the Roundhouse Rotunda. You can see the bridge to the service area remaining on the left.
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