Following San Diego County Public Health Authority guidance the Museum will be temporarily closed starting July 7, 2020.

Bibliography and Timeline

May 29, 1935 – Opening Day of the California Pacific International Exposition

1936 – Ford Exhibit closes with over 2.5 million visitors. Fair extends through out 1936

1936 – Ford Building renamed to Hall of Transportation

September 1936 – California Pacific International Exposition closes. Total attendance is 6.3 million

1937 to 1973 – Ford Building is used as for various different functions:

  • Aviation Vocational School
  • Purposed Convair B-17 plant
  • Coastal Artillery storage site
  • NRA Shooting School
  • Bomb Shelter
  • Theater Storage

1960 -- City Council deemed building to be "lacking significant architectural value" and slated to be demolished

1963 – San Diego Aerospace (now San Diego Air & Space Museum) founded

1973 – Public outcry and effort to save the Ford Building. Building placed on National Registry of Historic Places and named new Home of the San Diego Aerospace Museum

1978 – Restoration of Ford Building begins. Fire consumes the Electric Building in Balboa Park. San Diego Aerospace Museum and its collection burn to the ground

1980 – Aerospace Museum moves into Ford Building

June 28, 1980 – Aerospace Museum opens full time to the public

2004 – Restoration of the main Rotunda completed

May 29, 2010 – Ford Building's 75th Anniversary

Amero, Richard. “Waiting in Limbo, The History of the Ford Building in Balboa Park.” The Mason Street Papers (1979).

Amero, Richard. “The On-Again, Off-Again History of the Ford Building in Balboa Park.” http://www.balboaparkhistory.net/chapter15.pdf

Archives, San Diego Air & Space Museum.

“Art: The Bathroom Beautiful.” Time Magazine, April 22, 1940.

Bucci, Federico. Albert Kahn: Architect of Ford. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.

“California-Pacific Exposition,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 3, 1935.

“Capt. N.R. Richardson, Pioneer Nuclear Aircraft Researcher, Dies at 75,” San Diego Union, April 14, 1982, Section B.

“Charles Falls, Illustrator, Dies; Aided Book Drives in Two Wars,” The New York Times, April 16, 1960.

Christman, Florence. The Romance of Balboa Park. San Diego: San Diego Historical Society, 1985.

Cleveland Memories. “Murals depicting ‘The Making of a Nation’ central theme of The Great Lakes Exposition.” http://images.ulib.csuohio.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/postcards&CISOPTR=3822&CISOBOX=1&REC=1

Cole, David. “Fords’ Roads of the Pacific”. V-8 Times Vol 22, No. 5. (1985): 23-26.

Cole, David. “The Ford Exhibits at the California-Pacific International Exposition, San Diego 1935-36.” V-8 Times Vol 22, No. 4. (1985).

Contemporary Authors, digital publication, Thomson Gale, 2004

Dressel, Judith. “Edsel Ford, Modernist.” The Modern, Spring (2000).

“Editorial.” San Diego Sun, May 21, 1935, A5.

“Elevated Highway To Be Fair Feature.” New York Times, April 23, 1938.

“Ford Machinery Is Started for Preview at Expo”. San Diego Union, May 29, 1935.

Hall, Chapin. “Exposition at San Diego Improved in Second Year.” Los Angeles Times, June 7, 1936.

Industrial Designers Society of America, “Biography: Walter Dorwin Teague.” Industrial Designers Society of America Web site. http://www.idsa.org/absolutenm/templates/?a=230&z=60

James, Jack and Earl V. Weller, The Magic City: Treasure Island 1939-1940. San Francisco: Pisani Print & Publishing Company, 1941

Kent, Norman. “C.B. Falls 1874-1960: A Career In Retrospect.” American Artist, February (1962): 35-41, 62-63.

“Large Structure Rises at Exposition.” Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1935.

Larrinaga, Juan B.: http://www.askart.com/askart/l/juan_b_larrinaga/juan_b_larrinaga.aspx

“Local Artists Achieve Triumph in Shrine Decorations.” Los Angeles Times, February 7, 1926.

“Los Angeles Pageant of Music Will Formally Open Tomorrow.” Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1928.

“Many Highways Part of Ford’s Expo Exhibit.” San Diego Union, May 21, 1935.

“Model of Bay City Fair To Be Unveiled Tomorrow.” Los Angeles Times, March 3, 1938.

“Norvel Richardson Dies.” San Diego Tribune, April 14, 1982.

Pescador, Katrina and Alan Renga, Images of America: Aviation in San Diego. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2007.

“Plans Exposition Villages.” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14, 1934.

Reed, Walt. “The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000,” The Society of Illustrators ( 2001)

“Reproduction of Historic Pacific Highways To Be San Diego Fair Feature”. Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1935.

Requa, Richard S. Inside Lights on the Building of San Diego’s Exposition, 1935. Reprint Parker Jackson, 1997.

Sandusky Library Collection, Sandusky Library Web site. http://www.sandusky.lib.oh.us/pdf/artwalk.pdf

“Scientific Tests To Be Featured at Ford Exhibit.” San Diego Union, May 16, 1935.

Shippey, Lee. “The Lee Side o’ L.A.” Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1935

Sorensen, Lorin. The Ford Shows. St. Helena: Silverado Publishing, 1976.

Solloway, Rick. “Ford at the Fair, Albert Kahn, Walter Teague and the Ford Motor Company Pavilions of the 1930’s”. Rick Solloway, 2007.

Steller, Remy. Remigijus Brownie Collection Web site, Kampen, Netherlands. http://www.browniecamera.nl/

The Library of Virginia Collections.“The Common Wealth: Treasures from the Collections of the Library of Virginia.” The Library of Virginia. http://www.lva.virginia.gov/exhibits/treasures/arts/art-o17.htm

Windle, Jerry. “The Story of the Ford Exhibit Building, San Diego International Exhibition Part 1.” V-8 Times Vol 22, No. 4 (1985): 14-17.

Windle, Jerry. “The Story of the Ford Exhibit Building, San Diego International Exhibition Part 2.” V-8 Times Vol 22, No. 5. (1985): 16-22.

Windle, Jerry. “Ford’s Influence Went Beyond the Exhibit at the 1935 California-Pacific Exposition.” V-8 Times Vol 22, No. 4. (1985): 19.

Windle, Jerry. “Additional Highlights of the 1935 San Diego Exhibition.” V-8 Times Vol 22, No. 4 (1985): 27-29.

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