- Historic California
Posts, Camps Stations and Airfields
- McCornack General
- (Pasadena Army
Service Forces Regional Hospital, Pasadena
Area Station Hospital, Pasadena Area Support Center)
History By Justin M. Ruhge, Goleta Valley Historical Society
old Vista del Arroyo Hotel/U.S. Court of Appeals has long been
a visually prominent landmark in Pasadena and, together with its
site and complex of adjacent buildings, represents in its history
a major episode in Pasadena's development as a resort community.
Positioned at the edge of
a residential neighborhood and at the crest of a steeply sloped
site overlooking the Arroyo Seco, the six-story main building
with its older, two-story wing, towers over its setting and dominates
the view from across the arroyo. Especially impressive is the
view of the building's angled wings, central tower and overall
Spanish colonial stylistic details from the Colorado Street Bridge.
Pasadena's cultural and
social history is interlocked with the railroad lines running
through town, and the ensuing boosterism of Pasadena as a beautiful
and healthful resort. Winter weary Easterners came to enjoy the
sun, fresh fruits and bungalow lifestyle offered by the hotels.
Generally, these guests were wealthy, and many decided to remain
and reside permanently in Pasadena.
Before the turn of the century,
during what was the great age of Pasadena resort hotels, a high
class boarding house called La Vista del Arroyo, or the "Arroyo
Vista", was located at this site. Operated by Emma C. Bangs,
this early hotel consisted of a two-story wood-frame building
and several small cottages. The last of this hotel complex was
demolished in 1920, when the earliest portion of the present structure
was constructed. The hotel Vista del Arroyo's most important growth
periods coincided with ownership and management changes at the
hotel in 1919, 1926 and 1936, and in fact came only after the
great resort age in Pasadena was on the wane. The Vista, the Huntington
and the Green hotels appear to have been the only successful attempts
at prolonging the hotel lifestyles of 19th century Pasadena through
both a world war and a depression. The Vista del Arroyo played
a particularly prominent role in the 1930's social life of Pasadena,
as it was the newest and grandest of Pasadena's resorts.
In 1919, Daniel M. Linnard
bought the original Vista and, in 1920, commissioned the architects
Marston & Van Pelt to expand the 19th century hotel with the
addition of a larger, Spanish colonial revival style hotel building.
In 1926, Linnard sold the property to H.O. Comstock, who again
added to the hotel in 1930. Comstock's architect, George H. Wiemeyer,
designed a six-story, reinforced concrete hotel building that
required the demolition of what remained of the original turn-of-the-century
building, along with a portion of the 1920 building south of the
main entrance, including the central campanile. Towards the end
of its era as a resort hotel, Linnard repurchased the Vista, and
undertook additional improvements to the facility.
- In 1943, the War Department
acquired the hotel complex, converting its use to a hospital
and offices for the U.S. Army. Originally known as the Pasadena
Area Station Hospital, it was later renamed as McCornack General
Hospital. In 1949, the hospital was deactivated and, from 1951-74,
the old Hotel served as office space for a variety of federal
agencies including, from 1964-1973, the General Services Administration.
From 1974-1982 the building was vacant, a period of deterioration
capped by a fire that extensively damaged the 1920's portion
of the building, though subsequently reconstructed during adaptation
of the entire building into a U. S. Court of Appeals and Federal
Building. The building reopened as a court facility in 1985,
and is presently undergoing additional interior alterations of
the upper stories into judges' chambers and other court activities.
- Brigadier General Condon C. McCornack,
- Born May 7, 1880 at Saint Helena, California,
Condon C. McCornack graduated from the University of Oregon in
1901 with a B.S. Degree and in 1904 received his Doctor of Medicine
Degree from Jefferson Medical College in Pennsylvania. He was
commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Regular Army Medical Corps
April 23, 1910. He served on the American western frontier, in
China, the Philippines and Hawaii. He was awarded the Legion
of Merit in October 1943. At the time of his retirement he was
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Western Defense Command. He was
promoted to Brigadier General on May 31, 1944 and died on November
5, 1944 in Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco Presidio.
- McCornack General
- US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
- Prior to 1964 the 5. 17 acre site was
part of the McCornack Army Hospital Reservation. In 1964 a permit
was issued (permit number DA-04-353-ENG 9147 dated 25 June 1964)
by the Sixth U.S. Army in San Francisco California, authorizing
the operation of the Pasadena Area Support Center.
It was used as a U.S. Army training center. Site improvements
included an office training building, two storage buildings,
two garage buildings, a vehicle wash pad and a concrete truck
- Until now the Pasadena Support Center
continues to operate as being beneficially used as a U. S. Army
Training and Support Center with all of the improvements remaining
- US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
The Pasadena Area Support Center consisting of 5.17 acres is
located in Pasadena, California and is bounded by Colorado Blvd.,
Arroyo Blvd., Grand Ave and Westminster Drive. The Colorado Street
Bridge straddles the northern portion of the site.
Site History: The site was part of the McCornack Army
Hospital Reservation. In 1964 a permit was issued (permit number
DA-04-353-ENG-9147 dated 25 June 1964) by the Sixth U.S. Army
headquartered at the Presidio of San Francisco California, authorizing
operation of the Pasadena Area Support Center by the General
Services Administration. The Pasadena Area Support Center is
currently being beneficially used by the U.S. Army.
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- Pasadena Digital History Collaboration
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- Updated 10 July 2015