MARINA DEL REY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 7 PM
Marina del Rey Historical Society Speaker Series presents
“A History: Marina del Rey, Venice, The Argonaut, and Beyond Baroque,” with George Drury Smith.
Founder of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, founding publisher of Beyond Baroque magazine, and former associate publisher, copy editor, and CFO of The Argonaut, George Drury Smith presents an early history of the area, Venice literary scene, emergence of Marina del Rey, how David Asper Johnson forges The Argonaut’s role in the community, expansion of Marina del Rey, persisting local issues, and more.
At Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Doors open 6:30 pm. Admission $5, or FREE for MDRHS members. Parking: $6 in County Lots 77 and 4; Metered parking in the park is free on weekdays but restricted to 90 minutes. Info & RSVP: 424-391-6976 or via email email@example.com
MARINA DEL REY HISTORY PHOTO EXHIBIT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
An ongoing photo exhibit of Marina del Rey’s history is on display at the Marina del Rey Historical Society Gallery.
Hours: Noon to 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
The Galley is located at Fisherman’s Village. 13737 Fiji Way, Suite C-3, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. FREE admission. 2 hours free parking with validation, no purchase necessary. Information, 424-391-6976
MARINA DEL REY
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED IMAGES
The Marina del Rey Historical Society is a 501(3)(c) California nonprofit organization
NEWS – EVENTS – MORE
Abbot Kinney would have been impressed! Spanning more than a century, various plans for a commercial port in the Venice-Playa del Rey area led to the creation of a world-class manmade recreational harbor. Marina del Rey’s construction required federal, state and...read more
Marina del Rey Historical Society 13737 Fiji Way, C-3 [Fisherman's Village] Marina del Rey, CA 90292 Dear Members, Friends, and Archivists, A very Happy New Year to all of you. It's a very exciting time at the Marina del Rey Historical Society as we not only begin a...read more
“A History: Marina del Rey, Venice, The Argonaut, and Beyond Baroque,” with George Drury Smith, will be presented by Marina del Rey Historical Society Speaker Series on Thursday, February 6, at 7 pm. The event will be at Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650...read more
June 20-21, 2020 The annual LA's MarinaFest Boat Show 2020 will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21. MarinaFest includes an in-water boat show, harbor tours, food, music, booths, and tall ships. The event takes place at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way,...read more
An ongoing exhibit of Marina del Rey history, including more than 100 years of historical photos, DVD presentation, books, memorabilia, gifts, is on display at Marina del Rey Historical Society's History Gallery, located in Fisherman’s Village, just steps from the...read more
Classic Yacht Association's 44th annual classic vintage yacht and car show, "Old Fashioned Day in the Park", will take place on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey CA 90292. Show hours are 10am to 3pm. Information:...read more
MARINA DEL REY HISTORY SLIDE SHOWS FROM OUR COLLECTION:
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Venice beach on the left, the future site of Playa Vista along Ballona Creek, and current Playa del Rey on the right
Venice Peninsula Oilfields in the 1930s. Flooded farmlands were tilled to promote drainage and grow crops.
Highway 1 still runs along the beachfront as the Main Channel is dredged. It will soon be routed around the harbor.
United States Coast Guard Station Marina del Rey under construction. Families drove on empty streets to get to the Pieces of Eight Restaurant where a “peg leg pirate” met you at the door.
Villa del Mar Marina in 1963. Without the docks built out the boaters have the kind of room sailors wish they had today!
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers construct a scale model of Marina del Rey to study wave action after “The Surge”
Temporary Baffles were build in the Marina in 1963 to protect the harbor from further storm damage. Businesses came back and boats went back in the water.
Hughes Aircraft complex with the Pacific Electric Railway (the white arrow) running along a path that would be great to have today to mitigate traffic.
Just up the street from all the construction, the infamous Spruce Goose was build by Howard Hughes in 1944
1969 Fisherman’s Village under construction. The frame of the Marina del Rey “lighthouse” protrudes into its space
Cyrano’s Restaurant under construction. The 2 story building down the street is South Coast Corinthian Yacht club. Its hungry sailors enjoyed the wafts of garlic dinners in the afternoons from Cyranos.
Marina City Club’s first tower and footprint of two more. The walkway along the water leads to Mother’s Beach.
Ground breaking of Burton Chace Park, August 22, 1972. (from the left) Supervisor Burton Chace, Aubrey Austin, Art Will & Victor Adorian
The Helmsman, donated to Burton Chace Park by the Helms Bakery. A beautiful wooden ship’s wheel is a favorite for climbing!
Tall Ships come into the Marina to celebrate special occasions. On this day, a very new Cal 20 sails by.
Special Events for the Marina’s 50th Birthday Celebration including a harbor tour sponsored by the Marina del Rey Historical Society
The brig Irving Johnson and Topsail Schooner Amazing Grace provided a mock battle thrilling all in the area
MARINA DEL REY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Donate your Marina del Rey area photos, documents, and history
The Marina del Rey Historical Society (MdRHS) was founded to collect and preserve historical documents, artifacts, publications, photographs, data and information relating to the development of Marina del Rey as exhibits and in retrievable electronic databases in order to keep the past alive for community pride and to create a unique resource of cultural and educational materials of historic value. Since our collection is electronically filed, personal contributions (photographs, printed material, documents, etc.) can be scanned to our files and the originals returned to the donor. Credit for the contribution will be listed and included in the captions.
Special fundraising for archival equipment and materials
The Society has started a fund raising campaign for equipment and materials to archive and preserve this artifact collection. If you have lived, sailed, raced, or biked in Marina del Rey… THIS IS YOUR HISTORY TOO! Please consider any donation amount so that the Society can move forward with building a researchable digital collection of our materials while preserving the originals for future generations.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE specifically to the archive fund
The Marina del Rey Historical Society
is a 501(3)(c) California nonprofit organization
The Society is also looking for in-kind donations, including:
slide scanner • photo scanners • high end Windows computers [newer Intel i7 with Windows 10, at least 12 GB RAM, 3TB+ internal hard drive] • 5TB+ external hard drives • Local Network Storage solution • USB cables • HDMI cables • Large high definition computer monitors • archive quality slide sleeves • archive quality photo sleeves (all sizes) • fireproof filing cabinets • digital projector • PA system