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California Car Showrooms & Dealerships (page 1)

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United Auto Building
Santa Ana, CA
The United Auto Building was built from 1922-1924 and sold Haynes and Oldsmobile automobiles originally. In the 1930s, the building housed P&L Motors, a Hudson dealership. There were a succession of dealerships until the mid-1970s. The building remained vacant until its conversion into Original Mike's restaurant in 2002.

former dealership
Santa Ana, CA
Renick Cadillac
Fullerton, CA
The former dealership was built in 1919 as an electric car garage and dealership. The building later housed a truck dealership. It now houses the Packards International Motor Car Club which restored Packards.

This Renick Cadillac structure was designed by Leason Pomeroy and built in 1978. The "rotunda", as the dealership refers to it, has a revolving turntable floor and can display two cars. The Mission style tile roof matches the dealership's main building.

former showroom
Los Angeles, CA
former garage
Los Angeles, CA
This former showroom was designed by Morgan, Walls & Clements and built around 1927. It was originally a DeSoto dealer. The top part of the facade has been removed. The building now houses Diamond Foam & Fabric. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This is not a showroom but I'll sneak it in here anyway. This former garage was built around 1926. The building now houses Vision Auto Body.

Rusnak Rolls-Royce
Pasadena, CA

Rusnak Jaguar
Pasadena, CA

Rusnak Porsche
Pasadena, CA

Rusnak Bentley
Pasadena, CA
The Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Porsche, and Bentley showrooms shown above are part of Pasadena's still-thriving Auto Row on West Colorado Blvd.

This Rolls-Royce showroom sold a variety of brands over the years. In the late 1920s, Pierce-Arrows were sold here. A later dealership sold Willys Jeeps. In the 1950s-1970s, the makes included Jaguars, Alfa-Romeos and Fiats.

This Jaguar showroom was occupied in 1934 by the Earl Lindley Motor Co. which sold Nash automobiles. Different dealerships sold Chrysler-Plymouth cars here from 1934-1970. In 1971, Rusnak took over the building and has sold a variety of foreign car makes including Porsche, Audi and Nissan. At some point, there was a false front installed on the building [scan thanks Alden Jewell].

From around 1948-1953, this Porsche showroom was occupied by the Hills Motor Co. which sold Nash automobiles. From 1954 until at least 1980, the Peter Satori dealership sold a variety of foreign cars here. Rusnak appears to have moved in around 1993 when it sold Volvos.

This Bentley showroom housed A.R. Ahrens Ford in 1930s. The building's parapet and other details have been lost.

Howard Motor Company
Pasadena, CA
The Howard Motor Company opened here in 1927, selling Buicks. In 1934, the company began selling 1934. Later, the dealership sold Packards. There were a number of other dealerships over the years with the final one being Acura of Pasadena from 1986-2005. After that, Cyrus Rugs and Antiques took over the building. As of 2008, the building was vacant. [scans in description thanks Alden Jewell]

Werk Bros. Garage
Pasadena, CA
The Werk Bros. Garage was built in 1926. I believe this was actually just a garage and not a dealership but I'll include it anyway. For more, see this website.

Beverly Hills Porsche
Beverly Hills, CA
The Beverly Hills Porsche building was constructed in 1929. It originally housed the Clock Market, a shopping center. Later, it housed the Bill Davis Motor Car Co. which was a Plymouth and DeSoto dealership. For more, see this website.

W.I. Simonson Mercedes-Benz
Santa Monica, CA
The original W.I. Simonson showroom was built in 1937 as a Packard dealership. In the mid-1950s, it became a Studebaker dealer. In 1957, they began selling Mercedes cars. In 1986, the building was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt to resemble the original. Between 2009 and 2013, the building was repainted the the grillwork was painted white. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Lexus Santa Monica
Santa Monica, CA
The Lexus Santa Monica showroom was built built in 1928 for Claude Short Dodge. It was a Buick dealer from 1937-1991. For more, see this website.

Bay Bridge Kia
Oakland, CA
The Bay Bridge Kia showroom was designed by Walter Reed and built in the 1920s. There were dealerships here prior to this building dating back to 1916. Over the years, a variety of automobiles have been sold here including Chevrolet, Citroen, and Triumph. This building was abandoned for years before it was restored in 2004 and become a Kia dealership. The dealership closed in 2008 shortly after these photos were taken. I believe the building is still vacant. [map]

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