Arcadia in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Chamber of Commerce Building
History Lives Here
With the demise of the famous Red Line electric railway, land in the median of Huntington Drive directly across from the famous Santa Anita Park horse track became available on which to build a headquarters for the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce in 1964. The photos above show the design by architect Fickes & Fickes and the groundbreaking ceremony at this location.
The round building, dedicated on Nov. 13, 1965, has been likened to a UFO or something from the futuristic cartoon TV series “The Jetsons,” but it instantly made the Chamber the geographic and civic hub of the City and has served the Chamber well for nearly half a century and counting. During the 1980s and 1990s, the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association used a room in the Chamber headquarters as its base of operations.
Erected 2009 by Arcadia Historical Society. (Marker Number 5.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is October 13, 1965.
Location. 34° 7.922′ N, 118° 2.688′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 388 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA 91007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elias J. Baldwin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Anita Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Seabiscuit (approx. 0.4 miles away); Santa Anita During World War II (approx. 0.4 miles away); Santa Anita Depot (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of First Museum in Arcadia (approx. ¾ mile away); Anita May Baldwin (approx. ¾ mile away); American Indian Artifact (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arcadia.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 10, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.