I don’t really like venturing over to the nearby air reserve base. Most of it is closed down or just simply not there anymore; it does not look like the active base it once was. My family used to shop there all the time, and my son was born there. Those places are mostly gone, but I recently found a historical area of the base that I was able to take pictures of; I’m sharing for Dan’s Thursday Doors photo challenge. Most of these buildings were used during World War II and have been preserved. The first photo is of the doors to the base chapel, built in 1941. I couldn’t go inside, but here are more photos of the outside.
Next to the military chapel is the old theater. It was built before WWII, and it is being used again. I am glad someone recognized the heritage and usefulness of these old buildings.
Some of the doors are more worn than others, and some tiles are missing, but the overall feel of the theater is nostalgic. It was open during my visit, and thankfully, they were not still having a briefing, as there was evidence of a recent visit.
Across the large grass field from the chapel and theater are the old hospital barracks and the original base hospital. I took photos quickly and not too close, because I could see airmen working inside. Glad to see they’re still using this building, too!
Some of the military buildings are still true to the concrete or block style buildings that I grew up around, but this last building has whimsical arched doors and details throughout it. I found the interior doors to be more interesting that the exterior. It is also still being used today, so there’s a mixture of old with new in these photos.
While it is sad to see so much of the base gone, I think they’ve done a decent job remembering the past, keeping historical buildings intact, and repurposing those that can be used. It was interesting to see the different styles of architecture from the 1930s and ’40s show through in military buildings here in southern California.