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Historic San Pedro

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San Pedro is an historic town with many old historic buildings. San Pedro was annexed to the City of Los Angeles in 1909 in exchange for services, including water. Los Angeles Conservancy offers walking tours.
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Other links to the San Pedro area:

Banning Residence Museum
Beaches
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Drum Barracks
Fort MacArthur Museum
Los Angeles Harbor
Muller House
Point Fermin Lighthouse
USS Iowa

San Pedro

The Arcade Building

The Arcade Building began as Alessandro Flats, a duplex, built by Alessandro (anglicized to Alex) Carresi in 1919. In 1924, part of the original duplex was raised and supported while the new Arcade Building was built beneath it. The original duplex became a third floor penthouse. In 1985, Larson (no relation to this author) restored the building. Address: 479 West 6th Street; San Pedro, CA 90731.

Arcade Building
Arcade Building. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Arcade Building
Arcade Building. Photo Date: 5-8-04.

The Warner Theater

The Warner Theater was built by Warner Brothers in 1931, opened January 20, 1931 . Intended to be one of five theaters, only three were built. This 2,000 (or 1,400 accounts vary) seat theater was designed by architect B. Marcus Pritica (who also designed Hollywood's Pantages theater) in the Art Deco style, the Heinsbergen Decorating Company. Hurtbunegen Decorating Company was also involved, and it was built by Large and Beigstrom. It was the first theaters built to show "talkies." It was the Eleventh theater built in the South Bay. Address: 478 W. 6th Street; San Pedro 90731.
Warner Theater
Warner Theater. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Warner Theater
Warner Theater. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Warner Theater
Warner Theater. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Warner Theater
Warner Theater. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Warner Theater
Warner Theater. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Cresses
Formerly Cresses, 1938. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Croatian Cultural Center
Croatian Cultural Center, 1928. Address: 510 West 7th Street; San Pedro, CA 90731; 310.548.7630 Photo Date: 5-8-04.

YWCA

The YWCA building was designed by famed Architect Julia Morgan and built in 1918. Built for $4,000.00 on four lots, it originally served as a residence building. Now, it provides social services. This U shaped building originally had a pool in the west wing. The pool was lost following the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
YWCA
YWCA. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
YWCA
YWCA. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church, 1907. The belfry was lost in 1933Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Presbyterian Pastor's House
Presbyterian pastor's house, 1907. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Presbyterian Pastor's House
Presbyterian pastor's house, 1907. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
House
House, 1907. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
House
Two houses. Originally these two house were a matching pair with a "German hat" roof detail. During World War I, this style became unpopular and some were removed. The house on the left still has the German hat roof, but was raised with a new first floor added below. The house on the right is still one story, but no German hat roof. Photo Date: 5-8-04
House
Another shot of the two-story house with the German hat roof intact. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
House
This is a third house that once had a German hat roof. It is around the corner from the two shown above. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Victorian House
Linghond House, an 1888 Victorian sadly in need of restoration. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Army-Navy YMCA
Former Army-Navy YMCA 1926, now Harbor View House for mentally disabled persons. Originally contained 300 dorm rooms. Photo Date: 5-8-04.

San Pedro Post Office

San Pedro Town did not have an official post office until June 18th, 1986. This Post Office was built in 1936 and remains in use.
Post Office
Post Office, 1936. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Post Office
Post Office, 1936. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Post Office
Post Office, 1936. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
City Hall
City Hall, 1928. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
City Hall
City Hall, 1928. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
City Hall
City Hall, 1928. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Fire Museum
Los Angeles Harbor Fire Museum - Old Firs Station 36. The station opened in 1928 along with the City Hall which it is within (north side of first and second floors). The station closed in 1972. The Museum now occupies the first floor of the original space. Address: 638 S. Beacon Street; San Pedro, CA 90731. Open to the public Saturday 10:00 - 3:00 pm. This fire museum is one of several Fire Museums in Los Angeles. Others are Fire Station #30, Firehouse at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, and Los Angeles Fire Museum. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
City Hall
City Hall, 1928. A Police Station once occupied the south side of the lower floors with this jail on an upper floor. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
City Hall
City Hall, 1928. Photo Date: 5-8-04.

U.S.S. Los Angeles Naval Memorial (S. Harbor Boulevard at 6th Street)
Memorial
Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Memorial
Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Memorial
Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Fishermen Memorial
Fishermen Memorial. Photo Date: 5-8-04.
Maritime Museum
Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 1941. It began as the mainland terminal of the Municipal Ferry to Terminal Island, 1941-1963. The 75,000 square foot facility featurs more than 700 ships, boat models, navigational equipment, and other artifacts. Located at Berth 84 in the Port of Los Angeles, at the foot of 6th Street in John S. Gibson Park. Address: 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro CA 90731
Photo Date: 5-8-04.

Anchor at South Harbor Boulevard and South Crescent Avenue.





Towers in the water.



Towers in the water.



Hook and Angles Gate Lighthouse.

Angles Gate Lighthouse.




warehouse




Dock.


Dock.




Ralph J. Scott old fire boat, retired after 78 years of service. Warner L. Lawrence, (Fire Boat 2) new boat wider, sligtly longer, largest in world. Photos to follow (someday).

Cabrillo Monument.

Statue of Stephen M. White.
Kite in palm tree.
Averill Park on the west side of San Pedro.
Palm tree at Averill Park
Palm tree at Averill Park

Palm tree.

Balloons and palm trees.


Not far from San Pedro is Palos Verdes.
Point Vicente Lighthouse
Photo Date: 5-5-01.
Point Vicente Lighthouse
Photo Date: 5-5-01.
The Point Vicente Lighthouse is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on Palos Verdes Drive South, about a quarter mile south of the southern end of Hawthorne Boulevard.

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