GLASSELL PARK — There’s nothing like some Art Deco and Streamline Moderne touches to dress up a relatively simple commercial building. For example, the former Hemphill Diesel Engineering School built in 1923 on San Fernando Road near Division Street features a gold colored frieze filled with Machine Age imagery, including speeding trains, ocean going ships, dirigibles and even a tank. Now, the two-story, Streamline Moderne building topped by a small tower is up for sale for $2.325 million, according to LoopNet.
Those Art Deco touches make the approximately 18,000-square-foot building, which was noted in the book Los Angeles Art Deco, stand out among the boxy, standard-issue warehouse and industrial buildings that line San Fernando Road. The Hemphill building that once celebrated the art of the diesel engine has in recent years housed art galleries and studio spaces.