Monday, August 19, 2013

Going, going...


All the other buildings have been razed. These administration buildings are all that's left of the site of Downey's aeronautic history, from the first airport in 1929, through Consolidated Vultee Aircraft in 1943, to the various aeronautics companies that worked on the Apollo, Saturn, and space shuttle programs. Eventually, this will be the Tierra Luna Marketplace.

Vultee-RockwellThe administration buildings are supposed to be preserved as historical landmarks. I thought that meant all these buildings that are still standing. However, I noticed this weekend that most of them are falling into disrepair—broken and boarded-up windows are what stand out now.

I don't know what the plans are for these buildings. But I will be very sad if all this construction means losing the old Vultee logo that graces the floor of the round building above. (Click here to see the building and logo as it appeared a year and a half ago.)


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