Office building to rise on former Silver Lake gas station corner

Nearly five-years after Silver Lake residents lost an effort to save a Streamline Moderne-style gas station, construction activity has been picking up at the now vacant lot at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue.

The 1936 building with its rounded corners and decorative fins was one of the community’s few remaining examples of the pre-fabricated metal service stations that once dotted street corners across the region, according to a landmark nomination.  But the landmark application  was rejected by the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission. Shortly after, the building was bulldozed in October 2008. With the exception of serving as a Christmas Tree lot,  the lot has remained empty until some foundation work has taken place.

The work now  underway is part of a project that was granted a building permit  in 2010 for the construction of a three-story office building, with parking on the first level  and offices on the second and third.

The Eastsider is checking into what the building will look like and when construction will be completed.


  1. That corner is in desperate need of something architecturally interesting. I hope whatever office building goes up is more than just a glass box, but something in the back of my mind say that is exactly what it will be. Fingers crossed!

  2. If parking is the on the first level and unless it is strategically hidden, it will be an eyesore. That whole area there is an eyesore come to think of it with cars speeding up and down the street without a care in the world.

  3. “one of the community’s few remaining examples”
    I can’t think of any other examples.
    This one was a beauty, it is a shame it is gone.
    Hope the new building isn’t just another dumb box.

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