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.