Fresno Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Buildings

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Fresno, CA


The Gottschalks department store chain was founded in Fresno in 1904. This location was built in 1914 and was remodeled in the late 1940s. This store closed in 1988 and the building remained vacant for many years. The Gottschalks chain went bankrupt in 2009. This building later housed the Fresno Discount Mall but it appears to be vacant again. This neon sign apparently revolved originally. For more, see this website. [map]

Ivory Tower
Fresno, CA
2008: 2013:
The Ivory Tower is located in the Mayfair Shopping Center. The shopping center was built in 1945 and has since been remodeled. This building was originally used as the shopping center's administration building. It later housed a women's clothes store known as the Ivory Tower. In 1959, the building was moved to the back of the shopping center. It then housed Norm's Drive-Inn and later a music store. The building was vacant when this 2008 photo was taken. By 2013, it housed Mayfair Self-Storage. [map]

Fresno Memorial Auditorium
Fresno, CA
The Fresno Memorial Auditorium was built in 1935. It is built of reinforced concrete. In 1992, the name was changed to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

L.C. Wesley Super Garage
Fresno, CA
The L.C. Wesley Super Garage was built in 1931. The building was designed by H. Rafael Lake and is made of reinforced concrete. It was used for parking, washing and greasing cars, and repairing tires. The building was later known as the Richfield Garage and the ARCO Garage. [map]

Kerr Rug Co. [gone]
Fresno, CA
The Kerr Rug Co. building was built around 1940. The building appears to be vacant now. There was a neon pole sign on the corner which was removed around 2011. The building was demolished in 2015.

Post Office
Fresno, CA
This Post Office was built in 1939. It was designed by William Dewey Foster and Louis A. Simon. The building features cast concrete sculptures. The building housed the main post office and Federal courtrooms and offices until the mid-1970s. A small post office remains but the building is now used primarily as Fresno Unified School District offices. For more, see this website. [map]

Fresno Unified School District Administration Building
Fresno, CA
The Fresno Unified School District Administration Building was built in 1936 with PWA funds. [map]

Fresno County Hall of Records
Fresno, CA
The Fresno County Hall of Records was built from 1935-1937. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Scottish Rite Masonic Center
Fresno, CA
The Scottish Rite Masonic Center was built in 1937. [map]

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