Glendale History

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Taking a journey through Glendale's past helps us develop a better understanding of where we are today and how each of us plays a role in the city's ongoing history. The following links contain information about various aspects of Glendale's heritage - from broad historic overviews to very specific details. We expect this section to continue to grow as we add photographs and links to as much information as we can. If you have an idea about something that should be included here, please contact Jay Platt at (818) 548-2140 or

Historic Sites

Glendale Federal Building
Glendale's premiere Modern-style commercial building! Featured on a website dedicated to the company that designed the building and its architect W.A. Sarmiento. Be sure to check out the image gallery.

Glendale Federal - Opening Day Tour Guide

Rockhaven Sanitarium
One of the Glendale's (and the Crescenta Valley's) most interesting historic sites has a new future as a city-owned property.

Grand Central Air Terminal
Did you know that the first major airport in the Los Angeles area was in Glendale??
More about Grand Central
Check out this great website by Paul Freeman about former airport sites, including Grand Central.

Brand Aerodrome
Leslie Brand's personal airport! (also from Paul Freeman's site)

Brand Library/El Miradero
Information from the Glendale Public Library

The Brands of Glendale
Early photos of El Miradero and the Brands, from the Online Archive of California.

Sanborn Maps
Early insurance maps showing individual properties in limited portions of the city from 1908 through 1950. A very useful research tool, if your property is included!

Neighborhood Histories
Historic information from local homeowners groups:
Adams Hill
Chevy Chase Estates
Whiting Woods

Architectural History and Styles
Modern architecture in North Glendale and the Crescenta Valley
Images from Planning Department presentation to the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley May, 2009

Glendale Details
Controversy about a Lamppost??
Report from the city regarding iconography found on some 1920s-era streetlights.

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