Sunday, March 17, 2013

Former Town Hall



I'd say this is about the most scenic gas station around.  If you get the island at the west end of the property, you can fill up your tank, see what's happening in town, and enjoy the view of the mountains. 

But until 1937, this was the location of the Town Hall which, in the 1890's, was the only building at the intersection of Baldwin and Central (now Sierra Madre Boulevard) and where the whole town gathered at one time or another. 

While not actually a public building, the Town Hall shared its space, particularly the second floor hall, with many public activities.  At various times, the building hosted Episcopalian and Congregational church bazaars, Woman's Club meetings (before they built their own building), political rallies, and Dramatic Club productions.  The first floor of the Town Hall housed stores and, for a time, the Post Office.

Now, though, the land houses gas pumps which are, in a lot of ways, a place where the whole town gathers, at one time or another.



16 comments:

  1. I thought the town hall was east from there. No? there is a building of civic sorts that rents space out. I have an artist friend in there. Pink building maybe. Also that group of buildings up Baldwin across from the coffee shop and next to the public parking. Artist are in there too

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    1. I think you're thinking of the old City Hall building, which is pink and is still there. I worked in that building once, a long time ago. Very cool - it was my intro to Sierra Madre. I can totally see why your artist friend would have space in the building. They do seem to be everywhere around town, which is awesome. That same building has the old jailhouse in it, too, which has been turned into a B&B. Here's the link to a post I did about the building: http://www.seeingsierramadre.com/2012/11/old-city-hall.html

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  2. Of course I am noticing the petrol prices. And even more I am loving the site of the mountains.

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    1. I focus in on the mountains, and don't look at the prices! Doesn't do any good anyway... :)

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  3. Incredible to think it wasn't even that long ago when the former building here was the only one at the intersection. History can move so quickly! I too love those mountains, sigh.

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    1. It really wasn't very long ago, was it? Amazing how quickly time goes by.

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  4. The mountain views are amazing.

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    1. Aren't they? We are very lucky here.

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  5. That image is eye candy! How I miss the backdrop of the San Gabriels, its shifting shadows, its winter dusting of white and, yes, its purple mountain majesty.

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    1. It was just that perfect time of day, and there was nothing but eye candy just waiting to be photographed!! I'll try to keep coming up with photos so that you don't have to miss it too much! :)

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  6. interesting, town hall turned gas station...love the view of the mountains!

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    1. There were probably a couple of things in between, but I'm not really sure of that. I do know that it's been a gas station for a very long time!

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  7. One of the reasons we don't have many old buildings like in England and Europe (certainly no thatched roofs!)!!! Let's tear this old town hall down and put in a gas station!!!

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    1. True - but remember when our country was really excited about auto travel. I'm guessing gas/service stations used to have a lot more prestige!

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  8. Weren't those Valero gas stations of SMadre in the news the last few years?

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