The building is located
along South Lander Street and along Airport Way South, major thoroughfares,
which are perpendicular to each other and cross each other. The plan is not
regular. In plan, the building consists of three thin attached wings, set at
different angles. The central wing or “bar” is set at about a 45 degree angle,
between the two outer “bars,” respectively facing South Lander Street and
Airport Way South. Behind the Lander Street elevation, the corresponding wing
is more or less rectangular, about 103 feet in length by 40 feet in width.
Behind the Airport Way South elevation, the wing is also about 40 feet in width
and about 113’ along Airport Way S. The central angled wing, set between these
two wings, is about 141 feet in length along the street and 32 feet in
width. Aside from these three elevations, the rest of the building is not
visible or generally accessible from the street.
The building stands out
because of its relation to Lander St and Airport Way S and, in particular,
because of the angled central elevation or main facade. All three elevations
present themselves as one story in height and have concrete exterior walls,
painted white. The building has a generally flat roof and parapet. Window
openings tend to be rectangular in shape and longer in the horizontal
direction. They have thin concrete sills. Glazing on the Lander Street and
Airport Way South elevations is typical industrial multi-pane steel sash, while
the glazing of the main façade has fewer panes. There are also basement windows
at various locations of the three elevations.
On the main façade, there
is a central doorway, surrounded by glass block. To each side of the doorway,
there are four window openings, each with two vertical rows of three panes
each. There is also usually one operable pane per window. To the east of this
symmetrical arrangement, (that is toward Airport Way South), there is another
typical window. To the west, there is a narrower window opening with only one
vertical row of three panes. To the west and completing this side of the
façade, there is an area that has been cut away and which reveals a regular
sized exterior door. Based on a photo taken from around the time the building
was completed, most of the elements of the façade today appear in the 1940s
photo. In the 1940s photo, however, the glazing of the transom appears to
have been plate glass rather than glass block and the western door is not
entirely visible, assuming that it existed.
The east elevation facing
Airport Way S presents four longer window openings, as well as a shorter one,
located at the south end of the elevation, (closest to Lander Street). All
openings are filled with multi-pane steel sash. There are no other major
architectural features. There is, however, a large sign, suspended on an open
metal frame that sits on the roof that spells out “ DIESEL.” Based on the
historical photo, the “DIESEL” sign is obviously a later addition.
On the Lander Street
elevation, there are three large openings filled with multi-pane steel sash,
followed by a service door opening at the west end of the elevation. The actual
service door is a replacement.