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

Veterans Memorial Building (VMB)

 
 
Veterans Memorial Building (VMB) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 21, 2012
1. Veterans Memorial Building (VMB) Marker
Inscription. Culver City purchased a major portion of this land, known as Exposition Park, in 1938. It was officially designated as Veterans Memorial Park on August 8, 1949. Bond financing of $550,000 guaranteed the construction of the Veterans Memorial Building on the corner. The original plans promised a "recreational building with a stage, restaurant, film museum, playroom, and large gymnasium." The "tourist tower" was designed to view "back lot" movie sets at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios across the street. The cornerstone was laid on April 15, 1950. The VMB was dedicated on March 9, 1951, with Goodwin Knight, Lt. Governor at the time, in attendance. The Gold Star Mothers were the guests of honor. This structure designed to serve the entire community, once included a "Tower Restaurant." The entry proudly exhibits a growing number of markers, placed to honor and remember the veterans who served our country, and who fought for our freedom in many wars.

Native Americans traversed this land before it was claimed as a portion of Rancho La Ballona in 1819. The Spanish Period yielded to Mexican control, followed by California statehood in 1850. This site was part of the original land acquired to incorporate as Culver City in 1917.
 
Erected 2011 by Culver City Historical Society. (Marker Number 13.)
Veterans Memorial Building (VMB) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 21, 2012
2. Veterans Memorial Building (VMB) Marker

 
Location. 34° 0.806′ N, 118° 24.14′ W. Marker is in Culver City, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Overland Avenue south of Culver Bouolevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City CA 90230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Ballona School (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Augustine's Church (approx. half a mile away); Culver City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Union Camp Latham (approx. 0.7 miles away); American Legion Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Hull Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Main Street (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Culver City.
 
Also see . . .  Self-Guided Walking Tour. 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 January 23, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansNotable Buildings
 
Veterans Memorial Building (VMB) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 21, 2012
3. Veterans Memorial Building (VMB)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 22, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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