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

Grand Central Air Terminal

1930

 
 
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By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
1. Grand Central Air Terminal Marker
Inscription.  
Grand Central Air Terminal is an intact example of an early airport passenger terminal and serves as a physical record of pivotal events that helped shape the development of air travel and the aviation industry in Southern California.

The air terminal attracted renowned aviators including Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, and Charles Lindbergh; became the base of operations for aircraft designers and manufacturers; and served as the west coast terminus of the first regularly scheduled transcontinental commercial passenger air service.

An integral part of the burgeoning film industry, the airport was a favorite arrival and departure point for film stars and studio moguls. The terminal was also a popular filming venue throughout the 1930s. The building is a rare example of spanish colonial revival architecture with art deco influences applied to the design of an early 20th century airport terminal.

Restored by The Walt Disney Company, 2012-2015.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior, March 27, 2017.
Henry L. Gogerty Faia,
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By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
2. Grand Central Air Terminal Marker
architect.
 
Erected 2019 by The Walt Disney Company.
 
Location. 34° 9.793′ N, 118° 17.207′ W. Marker is in Glendale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Air Way 0.2 miles south of Sonora Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1310 Air Way, Glendale CA 91201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Riverside Drive Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Special Delivery (approx. one mile away); Casa Adobe de San Rafael (approx. 1.3 miles away); Spirit of the CCC (approx. 1.3 miles away); El Miradero (approx. 1.4 miles away); Miss American Green Cross (approx. 1 miles away); Doctors House (approx. 1 miles away); Story Hardware (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
 
Regarding Grand Central Air Terminal. The terminal building was recently purchased by Disney, completely restored, and reopened as private offices and a museum. Visits are allowed during free monthly tours, with pre-registration on their website. The small museum has original artifacts, photographs, and an educational film.
 
Also see . . .  Reserve a Tour. — Tour information, photos, history. (Submitted on August 8, 2019.)
Air Terminal and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
3. Air Terminal and Marker
The marker is at the far right.
 
 
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Grand Central Air Terminal image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
4. Grand Central Air Terminal
Viewed from Grand Central Avenue, which was the location of the airport runway.
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By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
5. Grand Central Air Terminal
The control tower has sentinels on each corner holding an airplane propeller.
Window Detail image. Click for full size.
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6. Window Detail
Entrance image. Click for full size.
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7. Entrance
Inside the Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
8. Inside the Museum
Museum Display image. Click for full size.
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9. Museum Display
Photo shows why traffic was stopped to allow an airplane to land.
Passenger Waiting Room image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
10. Passenger Waiting Room
Now used as a conference room.
Outdoor Display image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 7, 2019
11. Outdoor Display
<i>"Administration Building", Grand Central Airport, Glendale, Calif.</i> image. Click for full size.
image courtesy of the Glendale Public Library, circa 1930
12. "Administration Building", Grand Central Airport, Glendale, Calif.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 8, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7, 8, 9. submitted on August 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   10, 11. submitted on August 28, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   12. submitted on August 21, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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