Searching for information on the Pelanconis, I contacted Suzana Delis, of Neighborhood Services. That department incorporated information from local residents into a brochure “Come Home to Glendale,” describing the city’s neighborhoods.
Delis referred me to Hank Scheetz, who resides in the Pelanconi neighborhood, who said he was a founder (and first vice president) of the Pelanconi Estates Homeowners Assn. set up in 2005. Patrick Mashi was the first president of the group, which was formed to address rezoning issues on San Fernando Road and also the grade crossing at Pelanconi and San Fernando, known as the Flower Street extension.
E.V. “Gene” Gustavson wrote, “I attended Curtiss-Wright Tech located on the Grand Central Airport premises in 1936 to ’37 and seem to recall there was a popular nightclub and a California National Guard airport to the south and west of Grand Central. Also, Mary Pickford had her home, I believe, located somewhere near there.
“After World War II, there was a camp located near where the L.A. Zoo is now and I’m of the opinion the National Guard airport was replaced by the camp.”
Gustavson hopes someone will have information on those facilities.