Hughes Aircraft Tour
Yesterday, in the pouring rain we toured the Hughes Aircraft Company's Culver City Campus with the L.A. Conservancy. Here's an excerpt from the tour brochure:
"The history of Hughes Aircraft Company is a complex one. Innovative and pioneering, the company went through many phases over the years as the interest and involvement of its famed founder, billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes, evolved. It was here that Howard Hughes and his team designed and built planes, helicopters, and most famously, the H-4 Hercules Flying Boat, more commonly known as the Spruce Goose. The site is now known as the Hercules Campus, and it has rarely been open to the public. During World War II, its airfield seldom even appeared on maps. While the Spruce Goose itself is now housed in Oregon, eleven of the original campus buildings remain on the now twenty-eight-acre site. An exciting $50 million historic preservation development project by The Ratkovich Company will adapt the remaining structures for creative use, including design, technology, and movie production."
Original Plans for Administration Building, Henry L. Gogerty, architect
It was a gray, rainy day, filled with lots of gray buildings! We started our tour in the largest building where the Spruce Goose was built. This is a building of mammoth proportions!!! All of our L.A. Conservancy docents were extremely well-versed and gave us an excellent tour, in spite of the bad weather. This was a tour that centered on the architecture of the campus, not so much the history of aerospace. Most of the buildings were built between 1942 and 1952 in the International Style.
Bldg. 10, Cafeteria - today
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Stuart and Amy were prepared for the rain!