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Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center

Los Angeles

 
 
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1. Reserve Center Marker
Inscription.  Designed as the largest enclosed structure without columns in the world by noted California architects Robert Clements & Associates, this Art Deco building, constructed between 1938 and 1941 by the WPA, is the largest and second-oldest Navy Reserve Center in the United States. It has served as the induction, separation, and training center for more than 100,000 sailors since World War II, as well as the filming site for countless motion pictures and television shows.
 
Erected 1987 by California State Parks, and U.S. Navy. (Marker Number 972.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureMilitaryNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco, the California Historical Landmarks, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists.
 
Location. 34° 4.156′ N, 118° 14.573′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Stadium Way west of California Route 110, on the right
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2. Reserve Center and Marker
when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 Stadium Way, Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World Trade Center Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); First Jewish Site in Los Angeles (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mother Ditch and The History Slugs (approx. 0.6 miles away); Carroll Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Moore (approx. 0.8 miles away); Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jones Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Machine Shop (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
More about this marker. The Reserve Center is now the Los Angeles Fire Department Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center. The parking lot is usually open during business hours, 7-4 Mon-Thu. The building is not open to the public.
 
Also see . . .  Reserve Center. Then & now article, on the website of Atlas Obscura, which catalogs unusual travel destinations. (Submitted on August 30, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Reserve Center image. Click for full size.
3. Reserve Center
Now a Fire Department training center. A 9/11 memorial is visible at left, with a column from the World Trade Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 24, 2020