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The El Camino Citrus Association in 3D!

July 28, 2008

Another Fine 3D building model from Textual Creations, based from my plans (with some revised dimensions) of the Classic El Camino Packing house located in Claremont, California. The Prototype was demolished in the 1950’s.

 El Camino Citrus Association

Only descrepencies between the real building and this 3D model are that there should be another loading door adjacent to the main entry door in the side with the annex. The Sunkist Signs need some revision too, but that’s not a major problem.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian permalink
    July 28, 2008 7:37 pm

    The loading deck on the left side seems too high up from the ground, maybe that’s just because I have nothing to compare it to image-wise.

    Or maybe it isn’t even for loading freight, just looks too high.

  2. John Walker permalink
    August 15, 2008 12:04 pm

    The loading dock looks like a truck dock, not a rail dock.
    I have been walking up and down catwalk stairs like that for the last 30 years.
    I am a retired long-haul truck driver. I picked up produce all over northern Ca., have walked into a hundred small warehouses just like that one.

  3. August 16, 2008 5:49 am

    This IS a railcar-height dock. If you look at my first article in this series (click on Architecture in the sidebar) you can patently see the railroad spur connecting to the dock in numerous photos.

  4. October 1, 2016 5:50 pm

    Great rendition! My grandfather, Wm Henry Bartlett, was a founding member and long-time president of the El Camino Association, having been involved in the design of the building. After his death in 1921, my father, Edward F Bartlett, was president until El Camino closed in 1949 or 1950. This was a packing house, not a warehouse. Fruit was brought in by local growers like my grandfather and father, it was washed and waxed and inspected before being packed into wooden shipping boxes and sent off inside boxcars. The floors were all hardwood. I went to the packing house many times with my father when I was a child. The building was used later for the production of HadiCol, an early energy drink with some alcohol in it. The building burned to the ground on Sep 5, 1952, after having been set on fire by a local arsonist, who also happened to be a Claremont police officer. I have two night-time pictures of the fire that are dated by my later father.

    • October 7, 2016 12:04 am

      Great Info! Do you have any ephemera from the El Camino packing company still?

      • October 7, 2016 11:24 pm

        Thanks for the reply. The only thing I have from the El Camino Packing House is one of the labels for the shipping crates showing “El Camino” on an arch with a Padre carrying a basket of oranges. It can still be found for sale on the Internet. Another name they used on the shipping crates was “Boulevard”. I don’t have any background on that one. Gordon

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