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Thursday, July 1, 2010 Old White

Gilmore Gasoline Filling Station, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #508 - 849 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood

Yes, it's seen better days, but it is useful in films the Gilmore Gasoline Filling Station, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #508 849 North Highland Avenue at Willoughby, here in Hollywood:

    Built in 1935, this Art Deco gas station was designed by R. J. Kadow, and was one of the original service stations for the Gilmore Oil Company. The Gilmore family is a longtime Los Angeles institution, having acquired the Rancho La Brea in the mid 19th century. In the early 20th century, oil discoveries on Gilmore land brought about a new fortune in petroleum. The Gilmore family went on to establish Farmer's Market (HCM #543), which was built alongside the original Gilmore Adobe. They also established the Gilmore Bank, built Gilmore Field for the Hollywood Stars, a minor league baseball team, and also sponsored midget race cars on a small race track. Both the field and the racetrack were later replaced by CBS Television Central. The Gilmore Station itself remained with the company until its merger with Mobile Oil in the 1940's. The station was later leased by Texaco, and today serves as a hand-car-wash facility and movie set.

No it doesn't. It's abandoned and crumbling. It received its monument status on March 23, 1992 the 1990 plans to make it a snack bar, and then a gas station again, just didn't work out. It'll be condos here soon, no doubt. But you could still film a monster movie here.

Gilmore Gasoline Filling Station, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #508 - 849 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood
Gilmore Gasoline Filling Station, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #508 - 849 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood
Gilmore Gasoline Filling Station, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #508 - 849 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood
Gilmore Gasoline Filling Station, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #508 - 849 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood
Gilmore Gasoline Filling Station, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #508 - 849 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood

But if you were to film a monster movie here, well, you also have to use the former Community Laundry Building, now a specialty textile factory across the street on the northeast corner of Highland and Willoughby, a building from 1928 by W. J. Saunders. It's spooky enough.

Former Community Laundry Building, now a specialty textile factory - northeast corner of Highland and Willoughby, Hollywood - 1928, W. J. Saunders
Former Community Laundry Building, now a specialty textile factory - northeast corner of Highland and Willoughby, Hollywood - 1928, W. J. Saunders
Former Community Laundry Building, now a specialty textile factory - northeast corner of Highland and Willoughby, Hollywood - 1928, W. J. Saunders

The movie posters on the corner are spooky enough

Movie poster, Highland and Willoughby, Hollywood
Movie poster, Highland and Willoughby, Hollywood

And up the street, at Santa Monica Boulevard, the Toberman Storage Warehouse 1925, Morgan, Walls and Clements which King Kong could climb

Toberman Storage Warehouse - 1925, Morgan, Walls and Clements - southwest corner of Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
Toberman Storage Warehouse - 1925, Morgan, Walls and Clements - southwest corner of Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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