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Photo, Print, Drawing Los Angeles County Poor Farm, Administration/Safety Police Building, Southwest of the intersection of Consuelo Street & Dahlia Avenue, Downey, Los Angeles County, CA

[ Photos from Survey HABS CA-2800-AA  ]

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[ Data Pages from Survey HABS CA-2800-AA  ]
[ Photo Captions from Survey HABS CA-2800-AA  ]

About this Item

Title

  • Los Angeles County Poor Farm, Administration/Safety Police Building, Southwest of the intersection of Consuelo Street & Dahlia Avenue, Downey, Los Angeles County, CA

Names

  • Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
  • County of Los Angeles Mechanical Department
  • Harriman, William Ruddy
  • County of Los Angeles, Chief Executive Office, sponsor
  • Lee, David, photographer
  • Diamond West Engineering, Inc., contractor
  • Ostermann, Wanda, field team
  • Carmack, Shannon, historian
  • Silva, Rebecca, historian
  • Howell-Ardila, Deborah, historian
  • Fratinardo, Marlise, historian
  • Carias, Laura, historian
  • Heumann, Leslie, historian

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 1933

Headings

  • -  administration buildings
  • -  farming
  • -  Chickens
  • -  cows
  • -  sheep
  • -  Spanish Colonial Revival architectural elements
  • -  California--Los Angeles County--Downey

Notes

  • -  Significance: The Administration / Safety Police Building is significant under National Register of Historic Places Criterion A for its association with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of history as well as Criterion C for its ability to embody distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction. Located on what is now known as the Rancho Los Amigos South Campus, the historic district portrays the establishment of the County Poor Farm at this location in 1887, its transition into a facility for long-term indigent medical care between the two world wars, and its emergence as a medical and rehabilitation center in the early post World War II years. The building was erected in 1926 to serve as the second administration building for the County Poor Farm. It housed the administrative offices, superintendent’s office, post office, and additional patient ward space. The Administration Building was prominently sited at the main entrance to South Campus on Dahlia Street facing east towards the east-west axis of Consuelo Street. It was intended by this location and placement to be the first building seen by visitors to the campus, and was therefore representative of the importance and mission of Rancho Los Amigos. The open, park-like setting surrounding the building created a separation between the building and the interior buildings located further west on Consuelo Street toward the center of South Campus. Today, the building is still sited within this open space, and it retains the same spatial relationships to the hospital buildings on the south campus. It still functions as an office building, and presently houses the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety.
  • -  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1644
  • -  Survey number: HABS CA-2800-AA
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1926 Initial Construction
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1933 Subsequent Work

Medium

  • Photo(s): 17
  • Data Page(s): 17
  • Photo Caption Page(s): 2

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HABS CA-2800-AA

Source Collection

  • Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Repository

Control Number

  • ca3860

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, County Of Los Angeles Mechanical Department, William Ruddy Harriman, Chief Executive Office County Of Los Angeles, Inc Diamond West Engineering, Wanda Ostermann, Shannon Carmack, et al., Lee, David, photographer. Los Angeles County Poor Farm, Administration/Safety Police Building, Southwest of the intersection of Consuelo Street & Dahlia Avenue, Downey, Los Angeles County, CA. California Downey Los Angeles County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3860/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., County Of Los Angeles Mechanical Department, Harriman, W. R., County Of Los Angeles, C. E. O., Diamond West Engineering, I., Ostermann, W. [...] Heumann, L., Lee, D., photographer. (1933) Los Angeles County Poor Farm, Administration/Safety Police Building, Southwest of the intersection of Consuelo Street & Dahlia Avenue, Downey, Los Angeles County, CA. California Downey Los Angeles County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3860/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Lee, David. Los Angeles County Poor Farm, Administration/Safety Police Building, Southwest of the intersection of Consuelo Street & Dahlia Avenue, Downey, Los Angeles County, CA. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ca3860/>.