Redondo Beach Pier (Images of America Series)

By Jennifer Krintz

Piers have constantly drawn humans to the mysterious ask yourself of the sea. the power to possible stroll on water with the development of a pier has created for people a feeling of transitority mastery of the majestic and cruel sea. The Southern California coastline has continually attracted travelers from close to and much to adventure the usual great thing about the beach. Capitalizing at the ordinary and man-made charm of the sea and the excitement pier, Henry Huntington created in Redondo seashore a fantasyland of ask yourself and pleasure for beachgoers within the early twentieth century. As one of many significant opponents to the excitement piers of Santa Monica, Ocean Park, and Venice to the north, the never-ending Pier and later the adjoining Monstad Pier in Redondo seashore drew in hundreds of thousands of holiday makers an afternoon. Pleasure-seekers can nonetheless fish, take pleasure in dinner and song, store, or just take a evening walk over the water on latest Municipal Pier--remnants from the heyday of Redondo Beach's excitement pier of the early twentieth century.

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The Plunge, the on line casino, and the Pavilion can all be obvious at the left. This picture used to be taken after the hurricane of 1915. The broken Lightning Racer curler coaster will be visible within the historical past. by means of the early 1900s, the mentality and environment of the seashore lodge developed right into a position of fable and enjoyable. Catering extra to the burgeoning center category of the United States, the subsequent iteration of structure expressed notions of unique appeal, overseas ask yourself, and total, a philosophy of natural American enjoyable. The excitement piers had replaced from locations of the elite to enjoyment parks that appealed to the loads. Above is a picture of the northern leg of the never-ending Pier and colossal Dipper curler coaster approximately 1920. the 1st curler coaster was once the Lightning Racer or Racing Coaster. It used to be destroyed within the typhoon of 1915 and used to be changed with the large Dipper. Above is a postcard of the Plunge and the pier. notice how huge the Plunge is in comparison to the leisure venues round it. those grand structures have been quite often built at a palatial scale to cater to the fantasyland surroundings that was once created on the seashore. the 1st construction that Henry Huntington built to draw travelers to Redondo used to be the Redondo Pavilion. built in 1907, the most function of this construction used to be the Mandarin Ballroom, which seated as much as 4,000 humans. in keeping with a la occasions article, the ballroom was once at the moment tale and “featured a beechwood dance flooring with area for 500 undefined. ” at the first ground have been retailers, a theater, and a restaurant. The Pavilion was once a 34,069-square-foot constitution, equipped 3 tales excessive within the challenge Revival kind. The wood-frame constitution was once clad in white stucco. The roof used to be lined in purple clay tiles and was once ornamented with finials. this can be a photograph of a small kiosk in entrance of the grand front to the Redondo Pavilion. The join up the kiosk reads, “A Pavilion and a mixture bathtub condo should be accomplished This Season. Don’t hold up The purchasing of actual property during this urban. ” one other signal reads, “Representing the Redondo development Co. ” evidently, the Pavilion and the bathtub condo have been built to appeal to capability homebuyers and advertisement builders to Redondo seashore. The pier and the Pavilion are obvious during this Nineteen Forties photo. The Plunge is long past, yet there's a roller-skating rink. The Pavilion has been given a brand new facade that's extra modern with the artwork Deco architectural type of the days. The Redondo tub condominium, also referred to as “the Plunge,” was once built south of the Pavilion on El Paseo. It was once 43,688 sq. toes and was once boasted as being “the greatest indoor saltwater pool on the earth. ” approximately 2,000 humans may perhaps shower in a single of its 3 heated saltwater swimming pools. It was once additionally outfitted with Turkish baths and steam rooms. there have been 1,354 dressing rooms with separate men’s and women’s altering rooms, after all. The women’s dressing room was once positioned at the moment flooring and had 3 girls attendants to be had regularly. This early-20th-century locker room had cold and warm bath baths, showers, and therapeutic massage and hairdressing parlors.

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