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Culver City in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Helms Building

 
 
The Helms Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 26, 2011
1. The Helms Building Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1930 in Zig-Zag Moderne style, the Helms Building played an important part in the history of Culver City. It housed the Helms Bakery until 1969, a family owned business founded by Paul Helms. Helms Bakery was known as "the home of Helms Olympic Bread" since it was a food supplier for the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Locals listened for the whistle of more than 1000 Helms Coaches as the vehicles traversed Southern California with their fresh baked goods. The building remains an important commercial structure, and although it is located in the City of Culver City and the City of Los Angeles, it was awarded Landmark status by the City of Culver City.
 
Erected 1997 by Culver City Historical Society. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 34° 1.79′ N, 118° 23.042′ W. Marker is in Culver City, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Helms Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Washington Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8703-35 Washington Boulevard, Culver City CA 90232, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Culver Studios (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Citizen Publishing Building
The Helms Building image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 26, 2011
2. The Helms Building
Marker is mounted on the building to the left of the first red umbrella.
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Main Street (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Hull Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Culver City (approx. 0.9 miles away); American Legion Building (approx. one mile away); St. Augustine's Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Culver City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Self-Guided WalkingTour. As you tour Downtown Culver City, you will see informative plaques installed on all city-designated Landmark and Significant structures, sites marked by the Culver City Historical Society and structures designated with National Register status. (Submitted on November 29, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 

2. The Helms Bakery. Their unique mustard yellow colored trucks and distinct "toot-toot" whistles would signal that the Helmsman had arrived in your neighborhood. This scene was repeated on a daily basis by a fleet of approximately five hundred trucks all over Southern Californa. "Three times around the world every day" was the Helms Bakery slogan. (Submitted on November 30, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Helms Building image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 26, 2011
3. The Helms Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. View of the building. • Can you help?
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