Sunday, September 30, 2007

Unknown Ghost Town

Sorry for the lack of updates, but my job has had me working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for the last six weeks. I should get back to my regular schedule in a week, but even then I will want to spend more time with my wife. In any case, my posts will become more frequent soon.

This photograph is of my Grandfather in front of what appears to be a building in a ghost town. He's no longer with us, and my grandmother is really not in the best shape, so I can't ask her where this was. It can be anywhere from Oklahoma to Washington State. My guess is that it is closer to the West than the Midwest, since my idea of a ghost town revolves around the old west and mining (Not that there isn't mining in other parts of the Country). This photograph was in a pile of pictures that included some shots from the Milwaukee Road, and those are from Washington. There are at least fifteen buildings in this town, as they seem to be numbered. If anyone knows where this might be from, I would be much obliged if you could tell me.


Monday, September 10, 2007

Ken Miller Recreation Center

3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance Ca, 90503

Today's focus is on the Ken Miller Recreation Center in the heart of the Torrance Cultural Art Center. Located next to the Plunge pool, and the Library and Police stations, the recreation center serves as a local meeting place for the residents of the South Bay. I was fortunate enough to attend a wedding reception here recently, and found the architecture of the facade quite appealing. I often passed this building and thought of how great the simple mid century architecture is.

Another view boasts the symmetry and simplicity of the building. The interior, remodeled in 2005, is nice, but hardly fits with its Modern roots.

A nice plaque which labels the building.

Outside, on the lawn is what probably was a bust of Ken Miller. Whatever it once was, it's long gone now.

This is what it reads. The sadness of neglect and vandalism. Probably the work of JR. Higher students one night at Co-Rec.

Learn more about the Ken Miller Rec Center here.


Saturday, September 01, 2007

LAX Theme Building Remodel

Just a quickie update today because I have been so busy at work. Who knew working 12 hours a day 7 days a week would take up so much of my blogging time. Anyway, here's some pictures of the LAX Theme Building undergoing some much needed renovations. Part of the building fell off a while back (March?), and it needed a very expensive and extensive rehab. These shots are a drive-by photoshoot from when I went on my Honeymoon.

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Hopefully I will get some free time, but I won't be off my hectic work schedule until October.

Visit my previous Theme Building post here.

View a little more information about the building here.