John and I walked down to Warehouse No. 1 located at the southern end of the port’s main channel. This is where I took my sunrise photos.
There is an amazing write up on Warehouse No. 1 at the Port of LA’s Virtual History Tour page. I couldn’t say it any better myself, so I’m going to insert snippets of it between my pictures.
“Completed in 1917, Warehouse No.1 served as the Port’s only bonded warehouse, a function that was critical to Los Angeles’ entry into international trade markets. During the era of break-bulk cargo handling, warehousing at the Port terminals played a critical role in achieving economically efficient commerce. Warehouse No.1 served a leading role in warehousing at the Port of Los Angeles from 1917 through the early 1970s when cargo containerization revolutionized cargo handling by nearly eliminating the need for warehousing.”
“Warehouse No. 1 continues to serve in its original capacity, and remains a prominent visual landmark for ships entering the deepwater channel and for residents of and visitors to San Pedro. Recognizing the importance of the building in local history, the Port nominated Warehouse No. 1 for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The warehouse was officially listed in the National Register on April 21, 2000, and a plaque commemorating the listing has been installed on the north elevation of the building. ”
“Gargoyle head drain spouts – each spout provides drainage for the five upper floors of the warehouse.”
These are the chutes from floor to floor.