Historic Dayton Avenue Signal Tower Relocated as Work Begins on the Taylor Yard Development

05/02/2013

The tower will be preserved and incorporated into the new transit-oriented mixed-use development on the old railroad yard.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) relocated the historic Dayton Avenue Signal Tower ("Dayton Tower") as part of the  site work underway at the Taylor Yard Transit Village site. The tower dates back to 1931 and will be preserved and incorporated into the design of the new transit-oriented mixed-use development.
 
 
Dayton Tower was constructed in 1931 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, and for more than fifty years the 17' x 23' two story concrete tower controlled train movements in the busy network of tracks that converged and divided at the south end of Southern Pacific's Taylor Yard Complex in Los Angeles. In later years it was moved north of the I-5 bridge where the interstate crosses both the railroads and Los Angeles River. In 1993 the Dayton Tower was moved to a flat site at San Fernando Road and Elm Street by American Heaving Moving. In order to preserve the tower and make way for the Rio Vista Apartments (Lot 1 of the Taylor Yard development), the tower was moved 1,800 feet to it's permanent location by A&P on April 27, 2013. Coincidentally, 20 years after the last move, A&P contracted with the same firm, American Heavy Moving, to perform the work.
 
 
A&P is currently completing site work for McCormick Baron Salazar at the Taylor Yard Transit Village development with two apartment communities slated to begin construction this year. The Taylor Yard Apartments will be located on Lot 3 of the overall development and will consist of 68 units of affordable rental housing. Rio Vista Apartments will be located on Lot 1 of the development and will consist of 87 units of affordable rental housing.