HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH

    

Historic Place of the Month - July 2012

July's Historic Place of the Month was:

The Lockheed Headquarters Building

Currently Part of Bank or America and formerly the headquarters for Countrywide Financial, the Lockheed Headquarters was designed by prominent architect William Pereira and is the only example of his work in Calabasas. Pereira is best known for designing the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco (1973) and his greatest achievement is considered to be the master plan for Irvine Ranch (1961). The Lockheed Headquarters was one of his last completed commissions before his death.

The Lockheed headquarters also has some unique features. Because of the highly classified nature of some of Lockheed’s government projects, including 3 stealth fighters (the F-117 Nighthawk, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35 Lightning II), There is a room that has 3 foot thick concrete walls, ceiling and floor. Commonly referred to as “the vault” it was the location of top secret meetings, because no electronic signal can pass through the room, ensuring secrecy. It is used today as a conference room.

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