snapshots in time



These images show how the southwest corner of the San Fernando Valley has changed over the years, starting in the 1920s. Where available, photos of modern Woodland Hills accompany period photos to highlight the changes.



Canoga Park Survey map 3.12

Figure 1. Map of development history of Woodland Hills, West Hills, Winnetka, and Canoga Park



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circa 1924

SFV Map ca1924(2) v2

Figure 2. Approximate boundaries of Girard (circa 1924)


2016

SFV-map-WH border

Figure 3. Woodland Hills in San Fernando Valley (2016)


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1920

Figure 4. View looking north at Girard; Topanga Canyon Blvd. lower right to upper left, 1920



circa 1920

Topanga Summit

Figure 5. Top of Topanga Canyon Blvd. at summit circa 1920



2015

Figure 6. Top of Topanga Canyon Blvd. at summit (2015)




 1920s

Brant Ranch looking northwest

Figure 6a. Looking northwest at Brant Ranch on Oxnard, near tree-lined Canoga Ave. running left to right (1920s)



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circa 1922

Topanga Road View 1920s

Figure 7. Looking north near Topanga summit at western part of Girard (before Girard’s planting of trees), circa 1922



1920s

 Fig.7-Topanga Summit-trees visible-1920s

Figure 8. Looking north near Topanga summit at Girard (after Girard’s planting of trees), circa mid-1920s



2015

Topanga Road view - Looking N at W Girard near summit -

Figure 9. Looking north near Topanga summit (2015)



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circa 1924

 Fig. 9-Topanga looking south from Dumetz no-names

Figure 10. Aerial view of Topanga Canyon Blvd. looking north. Providencia St. in foreground (circa 1924)


 circa 1924

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Figure 11. Aerial view looking north of Topanga Canyon Blvd. (circa 1924)


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 1920s

Figure 12. Looking north from near Topanga summit toward Girard in 1920s


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1920s

Girard multiple photo - Topanga looking S at Ventura

Figure 13. Looking south on Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Ventura Blvd. in 1920s




 2015

Girard multiple photo postcard 2015

Figure 14. Looking south on Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Ventura Blvd. (2015)



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 1922

Girard 1922 looking east down ventura blvd

Figure 15. Looking east down Ventura Blvd. with intersection of Topanga Blvd. at center (1922)


1940

Ventura & Topanga Blvd. looking east (circa 1940)

Figure 16. Aerial photo of Ventura and Topanga Canyon Blvds. circa 1940


 2014

Figure 17. Looking east down Ventura Blvd. with intersection of Topanga Blvd. at center (2014)


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 1924

1924 Girard mosque

Figure 18. Just east of Topanga Canyon Blvd. on Ventura Blvd. in 1924



 2015

1924 Girard mosque 2015 v2

Figure 19. East of Topanga Canyon Blvd. on Ventura Blvd. in 2015



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mid-1920s

 Fig. 20-Girard Map exaggerated postcard

Figure 20. Girard’s promotional postcard, circa mid-1920s




 Fig. 21-Free trip to Girard ticket

Figure 21. Advertisement promoting Girard, circa mid-1920s




 Fig. 22-Come and enjoy a care-free day

Figure 22. Pamphlet promoting Girard (front), circa mid-1920s





 Fig. 23-Come and enjoy page 2

Figure 23. Pamphlet promoting Girard (back), circa mid-1920s




 Fig. 24-Ticket for a sight seeing trip to Girard 2 (Now Woodland Hills)

Figure 24. Card promoting Girard (front), circa mid-1920s




 Fig. 25-Ticket for a sight seeing trip to Girard (Now Woodland Hills)

Figure 25. Card promoting Girard (back), circa mid-1920s



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circa 1924

 Fig. 99-Mulholland and Topanga ca1924

Figure 26. Construction of original Mulholland Dr. at Topanga Canyon Blvd. circa 1924



Mulholland & Topanga

Figure 27. Intersection of original Mulholland Dr. at Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2015


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undated

Topanga Cyn Highway

Figure 28. Topanga Canyon looking south toward summit at upper left (undated)



 2015

Topanga Cyn Highway 2015

Figure 29. Topanga Canyon looking south toward summit at upper left (2015)



 1920s

Topanga Cyn Summit 1920s

Figure 30. Topanga Canyon summit looking northeast in 1920s



 2015

Topanga Cyn Summit 2015

Figure 31. Topanga Canyon summit (aka Top of Topanga Overlook) in 2015



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1930

 Fig. 32-M. Costa gas station at 22513 Ventura Boulevard, circa 1930

Figure 32. M. Costa’s gas station at 22513 Ventura Blvd. circa 1930



 Fig. 33-M. Costa gas station at 22513 Ventura

Figure 33. Former location of Costa’s gas station, 2015



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1930

Figure 34. Girard’s Topanga sign on north end of median strip on Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Ventura Blvd. in 1930



2015

1930s Girards Topanga sign 2015

Figure 35. Former location of Girard’s Topanga sign on Topanga Canyon Blvd. median strip at Ventura Blvd. (2015)



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1937

1937 Girard mosque & prices

Figure 36. Girard's mosque on Ventura Blvd. near SW corner at Topanga Canyon Blvd. in 1937



2015

1937 Girard mosque & prices 2015

Figure 37. Approximate former location of Girard's mosque on Ventura Blvd. near Topanga Canyon Blvd. (2015)



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1948

 Fig. 37a. Topanga at Vanowen looking south, 1948

Figure 37a. Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Vanowen looking south (1948)



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1949

 Fig. 38-Annotated streets of 1949 Woodland Hills 1949

Figure 38. Hertz Ranch and Beachy estate (upper center) as viewed looking northeast from Clarendon St. and Sale Ave (1949)


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circa 1952

 Fig. 34-Woodland Motel Coffee Shop best

Figure 39. Postcard of Woodland Motel and Coffee Shop, 22621 Ventura Blvd., circa 1952



2015

 Fig. 35-Woodland Motel and Coffee Shop 2015

Figure 40. Site of former Woodland Motel and Coffee Shop (2015)



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1955

Woodland Hills Sheep 1955

Figure 41. Looking west on Ventura Blvd. toward Chalk Hill near future Taft Charter High school (1955)




2015

Woodland Hills sheep 2015

Figure 42. Looking west on Ventura Blvd. toward Chalk Hill at Del Moreno Dr., near Taft Charter High school (2015)


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1956

Figure 43. Looking west toward Chalk Hill, between Ventura Blvd. (left) and site of future Ventura Fwy (right), 1956



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1957

Canoga & Ventura 1957

Figure 44. View to north on Canoga Ave. at Ventura Blvd. during construction of the Ventura Freeway, 1957



2015

Canoga & Ventura 2015

Figure 45. Looking north on Canoga Ave. at Ventura Blvd., 2015



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1958

Figure 46. Looking northwest at intersection of De Soto Ave. & Oxnard St.; home of Harry Warner in foreground, 1958



2015

Harry Warner home 2015

Figure 47. View to northwest overlooking area on Oxnard St. near Harry Warner's home, east of De Soto Ave. (2015)



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1960

Mullholland and Valley Circle Blvd. (1960)

Figure 47a. Valley Circle at Ventura Freeway looking east (1960)



Figure 48. Looking south at Rocketdyne facility between Canoga Ave. & Owensmouth St.; Victory Blvd. runs left-right (above center), 1960



2013 

Rocketdyne circa 2014

Figure 49. Former Rocketdyne site, circa 2013


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1962

Ventura Boulevard 1962 looking E from Topanga

Figure 50. Ventura Blvd. looking east from Topanga Canyon Blvd., 1962



2015

Ventura Boulevard 1962 looking E from Topanga (2015)

Figure 51. Ventura Blvd. looking east from Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2015



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1960s

Figure 52. GEMCO, 20801 Ventura Blvd., in 1960s



2015

GEMCO 2015

Figure 53. Former site of GEMCO, 20801 Ventura Blvd.,  in 2015


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circa 1962

Litton ca1962

Figure 54. Litton Guidance & Control Systems (center) on Canoga Ave. circa 1962



circa 2014

 Fig. 55-Litton 2015

Figure 55. Former site of Litton (center) on Canoga Ave. circa 2014


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circa 1962

Valley Symphony Orchestra

Figure 56. Site of future Valley Music Theatre, 20600 Ventura Blvd., circa 1962



1962

 Fig. 57-Prospectus of Valley Music Theatre

Figure 57. Investors’ prospectus for Valley Music Theatre, 1962 



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1963

Topanga Plaza under construction, 1963

Figure 57a. Topanga Plaza under construction, 1963



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1964

Valley Music Theatre Aerial

Figure 58. Valley Music Theatre opened July 6, 1964 to “The Sound of Music” premiere



1960s

Valley Music Theatre ca1960s B&W

Figure 59. Valley Music Theatre in 1960s



1960s

 Fig. 54-Valley Music Theatre lobby

Figure 60. Lobby of Valley Music Theatre in 1960s




1964

 Fig 60-Pay-per-view telecast of Clay-Liston fight

Figure 61. Ticket order to watch November 1964 Clay-Liston match (1964) via paid telecast 



undated

 Fig. 55-Valley Music Theatre as Jehovahs hall

Figure 62. Stage of Jehovah’s Witnesses (formerly Valley Music Theatre) rotated to face all sections of audience every few minutes (undated).



circa 2012

Valley Music Theater - former site as of 2009?

Figure 63. Site of former Valley Music Theatre (circa 2012)




circa 2012

Excavated site at Valley Music Theater

Figure 64. Excavated site of former Valley Music Theatre (circa 2012)



2015

Condos at Valley Music Theatre

Figure 65. Condos on site of former Valley Music Theatre, 20600 Ventura Blvd. (2015)



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 circa 1964

Victory Blvd ca1964

Figure 66. Over Victory Blvd. (bottom center); Rocketdyne (above center-right) on Canoga Ave. (circa 1964)



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1965

Figure 67. Shoup Ave. at Oxnard St. looking north (1965)



2015

Shoup 2015 v2

Figure 68. Shoup Ave. at Oxnard St. looking north (2015)



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1967

Fig. 68a. Topanga Canyon & Oxnard St. looking north

Figure 68a. Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Oxnard St. looking north



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undated

AKU AKU Motel copy

Figure 69. Aku Aku Motel, 21830 Ventura Blvd. (undated)



2015

Aku Aku in 2015

Figure 70. Former site of Aku Aku Motel (2015)



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circa 1970

Holiday Inn

Figure 71. View to northwest of Holiday Inn, 21101 Ventura Blvd., circa 1970



2015

Holiday Inn - Mariott 2015

Figure 72. Courtyard Marriott, 21101 Ventura Blvd. (2015)


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circa 1974

Promenade Mall

Figure 73. Looking northeast toward Woodland Hills Promenade, Topanga Canyon Blvd. & Oxnard St. circa 1974



2015

Promenade Mall 2015

Figure 74. Looking northeast toward Woodland Hills Promenade, Topanga Canyon Blvd. & Oxnard St. (2015)



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1989

 Fig. 99-Topanga Theatre 1989

Figure 75. Topanga Theatre at 6350 Topanga Canyon Blvd., 1989




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2003

Fig. 76. Over Victory Blvd. looking east toward Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2003




2016

Fig. 75b. Over Victory looking east-2016

Fig. 77. Over Victory Blvd. looking east toward Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2016



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2007

Fire Station 84 copy

Figure 78. Former Fire Station 84 at 5340 Canoga Ave., 2007



2015

Fire Station 84 2015

Figure 79. Costanso Fire Station 84 Park on Canoga Ave., 2015


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2015

Figure 80. A Girard-original model home at 21360 Rios St., 2015



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References


Brenoff, A. (2008). Dig into History, You’ll Strike Snake Oil. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/2008/feb/10/realestate/re-guide10

Carmack, S. and Treffers, S. (2014). Historic Impacts Report for the Old Fire Station 84 Pocket Park Project, City and County of Los Angeles, California. [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.laparks.org/environmental/pdf/oldFire/appB.pdf


Sources used for Figures

Figure 1. Map of development history of Canoga Park, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, and West Hills

Architectural Resources Group, Inc. (2013). Historic Resources Survey Report. [PDF]. Retrieved from http://preservation.lacity.org/files/Canoga%20Park%20Survey%20Report%203.12.13.pdf


Figure 2. Approximate boundaries of Girard (circa 1924)

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.) Detailed map of the San Fernando Valley as it appeared in the mid-1920s. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_2.html


Figure 3. Woodland Hills in San Fernando Valley (2016)

Leggatt, J. (2016). Map of modern San Fernando Valley with outline of Woodland Hills. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 4. View looking north at Girard; Topanga Canyon Blvd. lower right to upper left, 1920

Pierce College Equestrian Center (n.d.). Photo history web page. Retrieved from http://www.equinecenterpierce.org/then-and-now-gallery/ke6jkn58j7kubpr5anbbwfvqvm13f5


Figure 5. Top of Topanga Canyon Blvd. at summit circa 1920

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Postcard of early Topanga Canyon summit views in Woodland Hills. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 6. Top of Topanga Canyon Blvd. at summit (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Photo of top of Topanga Canyon with northwest view of Woodland Hills as seen in 2015. [Image by author].


Figure 6a. Looking northwest at Brant Ranch on Oxnard,near tree-lined Canoga Ave. running left to right (1920s)

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Aerial view of Owensmouth just north of Girard (now Woodland Hills/Warner Center) looking northwest. Brant Ranch is seen at center of photo. Oxnard Street [Burbank Blvd.?] runs diagonally from lower-right to upper-left. Tree-lined Canoga Avenue runs from left to right in the foreground. (ca. 1920s). Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_2.html


Figure 7. Looking north near Topanga summit at western part of Girard (before Girard’s planting of trees), circa 1922

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). View of Girard neighborhoods adjacent to Topanga Canyon Blvd. before trees were planted. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_2.html


Figure 8. Looking north near Topanga summit at Girard (after Girard’s planting of trees), circa mid-1920s

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). View of Girard neighborhoods adjacent to Topanga Canyon Blvd. after trees were planted. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_2.html


Figure 9. Looking north near Topanga summit (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Photo of top of Topanga Canyon as viewed in 2015. [Image by author].


Figure 10. Aerial view of Topanga Canyon Blvd. looking north. Providencia St. in foreground (circa 1924)

Los Angeles Public Library. (n.d.). View of northwestern portion of Girard showing about 20 houses but no trees. Retrieved from http://www.lapl.org


Figure 11. Aerial view of Topanga Canyon Blvd. looking north. Providencia St. in foreground (circa 1924)

Los Angeles Public Library. (n.d.). Same view of Girard as Figure 9 but with names of streets added. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 12. Looking north from near Topanga summit toward Girard in 1920s

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). View from near Topanga summit of western portion of Girard neighborhoods. Photo shows that trees have been planted in Girard. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_2.html


Figure 13. Looking south on Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Ventura Blvd. in 1920s

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Part of Girard promotional postcard depicting recreational activities in Girard and nearby. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 14. Figure 13. Looking south on Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Ventura Blvd. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Photo taken in 2015 of intersection of Ventura and Topanga Canyon Blvd. [Image by author].


Figure 15. Looking east down Ventura Blvd. with intersection of Topanga Blvd. at center (1922)

Kudler, S. (2015). A 100 Year Historical View of the San Fernando Valley. Photo history of San Fernando Valley from 1890s to 2009. Retrieved from http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/kudlers/girard_1922_looking_east_down_ventura_blvd.jpg


Figure 16. Aerial photo of Ventura and Topanga Canyon Blvds. circa 1940

Cacioppo, R. K. (1982). The History of Woodland Hills and Girard. Panorama City, CA: White Stone, Inc.


Figure 17. Looking east down Ventura Blvd. with intersection of Topanga Blvd. at center (2014)

Leggatt, J. (2014). Aerial view via Apple Inc. “Maps” software of Ventura and Topanga Blvd. in 2014. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 18. Just east of Topanga Canyon Blvd. on Ventura Blvd. in 1924

Kudler, S. (2015). A 100 Year Historical View of the San Fernando Valley. Photo history of San Fernando Valley from 1890s to 2009. Retrieved from http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/kudlers/1924%20Girard.jpg


Figure 19. East of Topanga Canyon Blvd. on Ventura Blvd. in 2015

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of Ventura Blvd. east of Topanga Canyon Blvd. [Image by author].


Figure 20. Girard’s promotional postcard, circa mid-1920s

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Promotional postcard depicting route to Girard through nearby communities. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 21. Advertisement promoting Girard, circa mid-1920s

USC Digital Library. (n.d.). Advertisement inviting prospective customers to visit Girard. Retrieved from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll54/id/673/rec/1


Figure 22. Pamphlet promoting Girard (front), circa mid-1920s

California State University, Northridge. (n.d.). Promotional brochure inviting prospective customers to make a complimentary day-trip to Girard. Delmar T. Oviatt Library. Retrieved from http://digital-library.csun.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/SFVH/id/2177/rec/2


Figure 23. Pamphlet promoting Girard (back), circa mid-1920s

California State University, Northridge. (n.d.). Promotional brochure inviting prospective customers to make a complimentary day-trip to Girard. Delmar T. Oviatt Library. Retrieved from http://digital-library.csun.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/SFVH/id/2090/rec/1


Figure 24. Card promoting Girard (front), circa mid-1920s

Kudler, S. (2015). A 100 Year Historical View of the San Fernando Valley. Photo history of San Fernando Valley from 1890s to 2009. Retrieved from http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/kudlers/Ticket%20for%20a%20sight%20seeing%20trip%20to%20Girard%202%20%28Now%20Woodland%20Hills%29.jpg


Figure 25. Card promoting Girard (back), circa mid-1920s

Kudler, S. (2015). A 100 Year Historical View of the San Fernando Valley. Photo history of San Fernando Valley from 1890s to 2009. Retrieved from http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/kudlers/Ticket%20for%20a%20sight%20seeing%20trip%20to%20Girard%20%28Now%20Woodland%20Hills%29.jpg


Figure 26. Construction of original Mulholland Dr. at Topanga Canyon Blvd. circa 1924

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Photo of road-building equipment of the time constructing Mulholland Dr. at Topanga Canyon Blvd. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_2.html


Figure 27. Intersection of original Mulholland Dr. at Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2015

Leggatt, J. (2015). Intersection of Mulholland Dr. at 4700 Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2015. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 28. Topanga Canyon looking south toward summit at upper left (undated)

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Early photo of upper half of Topanga Canyon leading to summit. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 29. Topanga Canyon looking south toward summit at upper left (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Looking south at Topanga Canyon Blvd. [Image by author].


Figure 30. Topanga Canyon summit looking northeast in 1920s

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). View of Topanga summit parking lot with refreshment stand and viewing platform. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_2.html


Figure 31. Topanga Canyon summit (aka Top of Topanga Overlook) in 2015

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of Top of Topanga Overlook park. [Image by author].


Figure 32. M. Costa’s gas station at 22513 Ventura Blvd. circa 1930

Kudler, S. (2015). A 100 Year Historical View of the San Fernando Valley. Photo history of San Fernando Valley from 1890s to 2009. Retrieved from http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/kudlers/M.%20Costa%20gas%20station%20at%2023513%20Ventura%20Boulevard,%20circa%201920-1935.jpg


Figure 33. Former location of Costa’s gas station, 2015

Leggatt, J. (2015). Site Costa’s gas station as it is in 2015. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 34. Girard’s Topanga sign on north end of median strip on Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Ventura Blvd. in 1930

Kudler, S. (2015). A 100 Year Historical View of the San Fernando Valley. Photo history of San Fernando Valley from 1890s to 2009. Retrieved from http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/kudlers/Ticket%20for%20a%20sight%20seeing%20trip%20to%20Girard%202%20%28Now%20Woodland%20Hills%29.jpg


Figure 35. Former location of Girard’s Topanga sign on Topanga Canyon Blvd. median strip at Ventura Blvd. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Former site on median strip of Girard’s Topanga Canyon sign. [Image by author].


Figure 36. Girard's mosque on Ventura Blvd. near SW corner at Topanga Canyon Blvd. in 1937

Kudler, S. (2015). A 100 Year Historical View of the San Fernando Valley. Photo history of San Fernando Valley from 1890s to 2009. Retrieved from http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/kudlers/1937%20Girard.jpg


Figure 37. Approximate former location of Girard's mosque on Ventura Blvd. near Topanga Canyon Blvd. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Area where one of Girard’s mosques was built. [Image by author].


Figure 37a. Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Vanowen looking south (1948)

Anonymous. (n.d.) Photo. Courtesy of Steve Hoffman.


Figure 38. Hertz Ranch and Beachy estate (upper center) as viewed looking northeast from Clarendon St. and Sale Ave (1949)

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Aerial view showing area’s open fields, annotated with street names. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 39. Postcard of Woodland Motel and Coffee Shop, 22621 Ventura Blvd., circa 1952

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Local motel’s promotional postcard. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 40. Site of former Woodland Motel and Coffee Shop (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of Holiday Inn Express and adjoining buildings where Woodland Motel and Coffee Shop once stood. [Image by author].


Figure 41. Looking west on Ventura Blvd. toward Chalk Hill near future Taft Charter High school (1955)

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Police stop traffic as a flock of 500 sheep crosses Ventura Blvd. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 42. Looking west on Ventura Blvd. toward Chalk Hill at Del Moreno Dr., near Taft Charter High school (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Approximate location of 1955 sheep crossing. [Image by author].


Figure 43. Looking west toward Chalk Hill, between Ventura Blvd. (left) and site of future Ventura Fwy (right), 1956

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Westward view between Ventura Blvd. and Ventura Freeway, west of Winnetka Ave. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 44. View to north on Canoga Ave. at Ventura Blvd. during construction of the Ventura Freeway, 1957

Cacioppo, R. K. (1982). The History of Woodland Hills and Girard. Panorama City, CA: White Stone, Inc.


Figure 45. Looking north on Canoga Ave. at Ventura Blvd., 2015

Leggatt, J. (2015). Photo of intersection of Canoga Ave. and Ventura Blvd. [Image by author].


Figure 46. Looking northwest at intersection of De Soto Ave. & Oxnard St.; home of Harry Warner in foreground, 1958

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Photo of Harry Warner ranch in foreground. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 47. View to northwest overlooking area on Oxnard St. near Harry Warner's home, east of De Soto Ave. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Photo on Oxnard St. just east of De Soto looking to northwest. [Image by author].


Figure 47a. Valley Circle at Ventura Freeway looking east (1960)

Anonymous. (n.d.) Newspaper photo. Caption: “Officer keeps good watch on the 101 freeway, 1960." Courtesy of Steve Hoffman.


Figure 48. Looking south at Rocketdyne facility between Canoga Ave. & Owensmouth St.; Victory Blvd. runs left-right (above center), 1960

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). View of Rocketdyn facility with large areas of undeveloped land south of Victory Blvd. (now Westfield Village), and to right of Owensmouth (now Westfield Topanga). Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 49. Former Rocketdyne site, circa 2013

Leggatt, J. (2015). Aerial view via Apple Inc. “Maps” software to south showing development on Canoga Ave. and Warner Center. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 50. Ventura Blvd. looking east from Topanga Canyon Blvd., 1962

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). View of business on south side of Ventura Blvd. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 51. Ventura Blvd. looking east from Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2015

Leggatt, J. (2015). Modern view of Ventura Blvd. looking east near Topanga Canyon Blvd. [Image by author].


Figure 52. GEMCO, 20801 Ventura Blvd., in 1960s

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Former site of GEMCO on north side of Ventura Blvd. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 53. Former site of GEMCO, 20801 Ventura Blvd.,  in 2015

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of Target department store on GEMCO’s former site. [Image by author].


Figure 54. Litton Guidance & Control Systems (center) on Canoga Ave. circa 1962

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Site of Litton (now Northrop Grumman) on Canoga Ave. north of Ventura Freeway. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 55. Former site of Litton (center) on Canoga Ave. circa 2014

Leggatt, J. (2015). Aerial view via Apple Inc. “Maps” software of development around Litton facility. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 56. Site of future Valley Music Theatre, 20600 Ventura Blvd., circa 1962

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Future site of 2,865-seat Valley Music Theatre at 20600 Ventura Blvd. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 57. Investors’ prospectus for Valley Music Theatre, 1962 

California State University, Northridge. (n.d.). Cover for ten-page prospectus of the Valley Music Theatre, 1962. Delmar T. Oviatt Library. Retrieved from http://digital-library.csun.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/SFVH/id/144


Figure 57a. Topanga Plaza under construction, 1963

Anonymous. (n.d.) Photo. Courtesy of Steve Hoffman.


Figure 58. Valley Music Theatre opened July 6, 1964 to “The Sound of Music” premiere

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Photo of completed Valley Music Theatre. Image shows tandem parking strategy. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 59. Valley Music Theatre in 1960s

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Promotional postcard depicting exterior of Valley Music Theatre. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 60. Lobby of Valley Music Theatre in 1960s

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Promotional postcard for Valley Music Theatre depicting interior of theatre’s lobby. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 61. Ticket order to watch November 1964 Clay-Liston match (1964) via paid telecast 

Fecht, G. (2012, August 18). Cassius Clay vrs Sonny Liston. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html


Figure 62. Stage of Jehovah’s Witnesses (formerly Valley Music Theatre) rotated to face entire audience every few minutes (undated).

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Photo of bidirectional rotating stage, as used by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 63. Site of former Valley Music Theatre (circa 2012)

Leggatt, J. (2014). Aerial view via Apple Inc. “Maps” software of Ventura and Topanga Blvd. in 2014. [Image rendered by author].

Pool, B. (1989, April 21). Apartments to Uproot Landmark: Developer Buying 8-Acre Woodland Hills Dome Site. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1989-04-21/local/me-2018_1_woodland-hills-jehovah-s-witnesses-jay-wilton


Figure 64. Excavated site of former Valley Music Theatre (circa 2012)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Street view via Google of condominium construction site circa 2012. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 65. Condos on site of former Valley Music Theatre, 20600 Ventura Blvd. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Photo of completed condominium project on site of Valley Music Theatre. [Image by author].


Figure 66. Over Victory Blvd. (bottom center); Rocketdyne (above center-right) on Canoga Ave. (circa 1964)

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Aerial view over Victory Blvd. looking west. Rocketdyn is on Canoga, which runs left-to-right above center. Topanga Plaza under construction beyond Rocketdyn. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 67. Shoup Ave. at Oxnard St. looking north (1965)

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Photo of Shoup Ave. looking north from Oxnard St. Photo shows edge of the former Hertz ranch at bottom left. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 68. Shoup Ave. at Oxnard St. looking north (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Aerial view via Apple Inc. “Maps” software of Shoup Ave. at Oxnard St. looking north. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 68a. Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Oxnard St. looking north (1967)

Anonymous. (n.d.) Postcard of Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Oxnard St. looking north. Courtesy of Steve Hoffman.


Figure 69. Aku Aku Motel, 21830 Ventura Blvd. (undated)

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Promotional postcard for Polynesian-themed Aku Aku Motel. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 70. Former site of Aku Aku Motel (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). Photo of Best Western motel on former site of Aku Aku Motel. [Image by author].


Figure 71. View to northwest of Holiday Inn, 21101 Ventura Blvd., circa 1970

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Promotional postcard for Holiday Inn. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 72. Courtyard Marriott, 21101 Ventura Blvd. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of Courtyard Marriott on former site of Holiday Inn. [Image by author].


Figure 73. Looking northeast toward Woodland Hills Promenade, Topanga Canyon Blvd. & Oxnard St. circa 1974

San Fernando Valley Blogspot. (n.d.). Promotional postcard for Woodland Hills Promenade. Photo shows parking lot before planting of numerous shade trees. Retrieved from http://sanfernandovalleyblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/woodland-hills-postcards.html


Figure 74. Looking northeast toward Woodland Hills Promenade, Topanga Canyon Blvd. & Oxnard St. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of Woodland Hills Promenade at intersection of Topanga Canyon and Oxnard St. [Image by author].


Figure 75. Topanga Theatre at 6350 Topanga Canyon Blvd., 1989

Water and Power Associates, Inc. (n.d.). Photo of Topanga Theatre, formerly located on present-day site of Crate & Barrel retail store in Westfield Village. A furniture store occupied the building after the theatre was closed in 2000, before being demolished in 2007. Retrieved from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley_Page_4.html


Figure 76. Over Victory Blvd. looking east toward Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2003
Leggatt, J. (2003). Aerial view intersection of Victory Blvd. and Topanga Canyon Blvd. before Topanga Theatre was demolished [Image by author].


Figure 77. Over Victory Blvd. looking east toward Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2016
Leggatt, J. (2017). Aerial view via Google of Victory Blvd. and Topanga Canyon Blvd. as of October 2016. [Image rendered by author].


Figure 78. Former Fire Station 84 at 5340 Canoga Ave. (2007)

Pool, B. (2007, July 14). Station 84 is finally getting out of the house. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://www.lafire.com/stations/FS084/FS084x_1949-2007.htm


Figure 79. Costanso Fire Station 84 Park on Canoga Ave. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of Costanso Fire Station 84 Park, a pocket park dedicated to children five to twelve years old, at 5340 Canoga Ave. [Image by author].


Figure 80. A Girard-original model home at 21360 Rios St. (2015)

Leggatt, J. (2015). View of an original 1920s property in Girard. [Image by author].

Schwada, J. (1991, November 12). 1925 Model Home Proposed as City Landmark. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1991-11-12/local/me-1455_1_model-home




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