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Wrigley Memorial

 
 
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #1 image. Click for full size.
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1. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #1
Inscription.
There are five panels placed at the memorial:

First panel in front of the memorial to the right. There is a duplicate panel located at the left entrance of the walkway:
Wrigley Memorial is dedicated to the memory of Wm. Wrigley Jr. It was designed by the architectural firm of Bennett, Parsons and Frost of Chicago.

Excavation for the building began in July 1933, actual construction was started in October of that same year, and the building was completed in June of 1934.

This structure stands 232 feet wide, 180 feet deep, and 130 feet high from the bottom of its circular stairway to the top of its main 80 foot tower.

Second panel on the stairway to the right:
This building was constructed as nearly as possible from Catalina materials. Aggregate stone, all of which was quarried and crushed in Catalina, was the principal building material. It was bonded with white cement and sandblasted to reveal and accent the colors and textures of the stone and to expose as little of the cement as possible. Nevertheless, 13,400 sacks of white cement from the East Coast were needed to bond the aggregate in addition to 9,900 sacks of gray cement from the Pacific Coast used for the foundation and other non-exposed parts of the building. There are 114 tons of reinforcing steel
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #1 image. Click for full size.
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2. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #1
in the structure.

Third panel at the entrance of the left walkway:
The arches and red tile roof of this building reflect the Spanish influence that dominated the architecture of Early California. To help retain the Early California look in Catalina, Wm. Wrigley Jr. established a tile plant in Catalina which subsequently produced much beautiful tile, including all the red roof tiles and all the colorful hand-made glazed tiles used for decorative effects in this building.

Fourth panel located to the left of the bronze doors:
These bronze doors, created to exact specifications for this memorial building by the Coleman Bronze Company of Chicago in August of 1934, are made of only the best quality architectural bronze and the best quality statuary bronze (90% copper) and the castings are no less than 3/16" thick at any point.

The blue flagstone rock on the ramp to the left and on both the terraces of the tower is a natural product of Catalina. It came from Little Harbor.

Fifth panel located on the inside of the arches:
Although handsome marble has been quarried in Catalina, pink and green marble from Georgia was used in this structure for certain desired finishing effects.
 
Erected by Wrigley Memorial Gardens.
 
Location.
Wrigley Memorial Marker - Panel #1 image. Click for full size.
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3. Wrigley Memorial Marker - Panel #1
There are two of these plaques, one in front and another to the left on the walkway.
33° 19.428′ N, 118° 20.518′ W. Marker is in Avalon, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Avalon Canyon Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 Claressa Road, Avalon CA 90704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Avalon Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Catalina Island Yacht Club (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Leaping Tuna (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Tuna Club of Avalon (approx. 2.2 miles away).
 
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Wrigley Memorial - Panel #2 image. Click for full size.
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4. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #2
Located to the right on the stairway.
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #2 image. Click for full size.
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5. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #2
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #3 image. Click for full size.
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6. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #3
Located at the entrance on the left walkway. You can see this to the left in photo 3.
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #4 image. Click for full size.
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7. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #4
Located to the left of the bronze doors.
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #4 and Bronze Doors image. Click for full size.
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8. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #4 and Bronze Doors
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #5 image. Click for full size.
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9. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #5
Located on the inside of the arches.
Wrigley Memorial - Panel #5 image. Click for full size.
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10. Wrigley Memorial - Panel #5
Wrigley Memorial Arches image. Click for full size.
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11. Wrigley Memorial Arches
Wrigley Memorial Bronze Doors image. Click for full size.
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12. Wrigley Memorial Bronze Doors
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Beautiful tile work at the top by the arches.
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Beautiful tile inside the arches.
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Tile work lattice inside the arches.
William Wrigley Jr. Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
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16. William Wrigley Jr. Dedication Plaque
William Wrigley Jr.
1861 - 1932
This building is dedicated as a memorial to William Wrigley Jr. who in 1919 recognized the potential of Santa Catalina Island as a nature preserve and took the initial steps needed to save and protect this beautiful island, its wildlife and its historical artifacts for posterity.
William Wrigley Jr. Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
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17. William Wrigley Jr. Dedication Plaque
William Wrigley Jr. Dedication Plaque and Tile Work image. Click for full size.
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18. William Wrigley Jr. Dedication Plaque and Tile Work
William Wrigley Jr. Stairways image. Click for full size.
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19. William Wrigley Jr. Stairways
Relief Detail image. Click for full size.
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20. Relief Detail
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21. Relief Detail
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22. Relief Detail
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23. Relief Detail
William Wrigley Jr. Marble Plaque Inside the Arches image. Click for full size.
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24. William Wrigley Jr. Marble Plaque Inside the Arches
WM Wrigley Jr.
September 30, 1861
January 26, 1932
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27. Wrigley Memorial
Pathway to the Memorial image. Click for full size.
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28. Pathway to the Memorial
 
 
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