Exposition Club House
3990 Menlo Avenue – map
So there I was, taking pictures of Monument No. 127, when I brashly thought, rather than ask for permission and be denied, why don’t I just go inside and take pictures until someone stops me? I mean, how long will it be before I get collared by security? Well, the answer was ‘not very long at all.’
The Menlo Avenue side.
Known as Agricultural Park since the 1870s, the 160-acre tract was renamed Exposition Park in 1910. In just three short years, the park was already home to a state armory, an exposition center, sunken gardens, a central fountain, and what would become the Natural History Museum.
The Exposition Club House was built sometime in the 1920s. Maybe the mid- to late-twenties, but possibly as early as 1922. A Los Angeles Times article from June 20, 1924 announced the city’s Playground Commission’s plans to build a pair of clubhouses, one each in Echo and Exposition Parks. The cost of the Exposition Park structure was estimated at $75,000, to be paid for with a commission bond issue. “The Exposition Park clubhouse is part of a plan… which will eventually give to the area baseball diamonds, tennis and horseshoe pitching courts.” I’d bet it’s the same clubhouse, but I wouldn’t bet a lot. For perspective, the neighboring Coliseum opened in June, 1923.
What’s unknown is the architect behind the Spanish-Colonial Revival building. I’m not sure that’s too tragic. I’m glad the building’s still around and being made of good use (it’s now the Ahmanson Senior Citizens Center and is part of the city’s Recreation and Parks Department), but it’s sort of unremarkable, I think.
Oh. I did get in two or three interior shots before I was busted. For what it’s worth, both the guard and his boss to whom he brought me were both good guys. Or maybe they were just suckers for my crocodile tears.
Hunt, Rockwell D. “Metamorphosis in Three Years” Los Angeles Times; Nov 2, 1913, p. II13
“To Draw Up Playground Club Plans” Los Angeles Times; Jun 20, 1924, p. A8
Up next: Hancock Memorial Museum