Resource Report

Historic Resource Summary

Names
Crown Car Wash (Primary)
Crown Car Wash (Historic)
10381 W PICO BLVD (Alternative)
Important Dates
1960-01-01 (Built Date)
Images
Crown Car Wash - PHOTO
Resource Types
Building
Object
Architect
Builder
Owner

Location Information

Addresses
10381 W PICO BLVD Primary
10383 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10385 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10387 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10389 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10391 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10393 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10395 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10397 W PICO BLVD Alternative
10399 W PICO BLVD Alternative
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
West Los Angeles Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
Los Angeles City Council District 5 (Council District)
WESTSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
CENTURY CITY NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Resource Description

Classification
Type: Commercial-Auto Related, Carwash   Use: Historic     Style: Googie     Related Features: Signage
Type: California OHP Resource Attribute - HP06. 1-3 story commercial building          
Type: California OHP Resource Attribute - HP39. Other          
Features
Component: Cladding Type: Concrete block Material: none defined
Component: Construction Type: Unknown Material: none defined
Component: Plan Type: Rectangular Material: none defined
Component: Roof Type: Flat; Parapet Material: none defined
Architectural Description
A freestanding pole sign advertises the Crown Car Wash, "Crown Car Wash Entrance"
Alterations
Appears to be unaltered

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2012-07-30
Context/Theme
Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
L.A. Modernism, 1919-1980
Post-War Modernism, 1946-1976
Googie, 1935-1969
Commercial
Eligibility Standards
  • Building forms may display sharp angles and sweeping curves
  • Common building types include coffee shops, car washes, service stations, motels, drive-ins, and bowling alleys
  • Dramatic rooflines, including butterfly, folded plate (zig-zag), dome and cantilever
  • Extensive use of glass, such as floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows
  • Often incorporates applied details, including neon signage and geometric ornamentation
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features from the period of significance
  • Exhibits quality of design through distinctive features
  • Is a good example of the Googie architecture style
  • Was constructed during the period of significance
  • Integrity Aspects
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Feeling
    Location
    Design
    Setting
    Materials
    Workmanship
    Association
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    3S
    3CS
    5S3
    Significance Statement
    Excellent and intact example of Googie architecture applied to a car wash in West Los Angeles. The property includes an original pole sign that reads "Crown Car Wash."
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1960-01-01

    Date Evaluated
    2012-05-14
    Context/Theme
    Commercial Development, 1850-1980
    Commercial Development and the Automobile, 1910-1980
    The Car and Car Services, 1910-1960s
    Commercial - Auto Related
    Car Wash
    Eligibility Standards
  • May also be significant under a theme within the Architecture context
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features from the period of significance
  • Significant as a property type (C)
  • Demonstrates convenient automobile access from the street
  • Was designed and historically used for the sale, service, maintenance or collective off-street parking for the automobile
  • Integrity Aspects
    Materials
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Setting
    Workmanship
    Feeling
    Association
    Design
    Location
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    3S
    3CS
    5S3
    Significance Statement
    Excellent and intact example of a 1960s commercial building associated with automobile maintenance in West Los Angeles. Represents the commercial development of the area. The only example of the property type observed in the area.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1960-01-01

    External References

    External System References

    SurveyLA ID: 85ce905f-0e40-4eba-9a2f-814f02543069
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 423
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 423
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 426
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 426
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 428
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 428
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 431
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 431
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 433
    Property Identification Number: 129B161 433
    House ID: 932293

    Related Resources

    Related Historic Resources

    None

    Related Historic Districts

    None

    Related Activities

    SurveyLA - West Los Angeles Survey (was assessed in / assessed)

    Related Historic Events

    None

    Related People/Organizations

    Sapphos Environmental (Surveying Firm, was surveyed by / surveyed)

    Related Information Resources

    Images
    Documents
    SurveyLA: West Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey Report (Document/Text, is referred to in / refers to)