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					July 1, 2006



Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board
County of Ventura
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, California 93009

Re:    Wagon Wheel Junction Complex - Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard

Dear Committee Members,

I am writing in strong support of designating the Wagon Wheel complex an official historic
landmark. For more than half a century, the Wagon Wheel has served as a popular tourist
destination. Travelers along U.S. Highway 101 watch for the fabulous animated neon
stagecoach and exit Wagon Wheel Road to enjoy bowling, ice skating, dinner and an
overnight stay, all in an authentic, Western themed roadside inn.

As chairman of the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee and Southern California
representative for the Recent Past Preservation Network, I am familiar with the roadside
architecture of Southern California. There is nothing like the Wagon Wheel. It is a valuable
resource comprised of original components, rarely seen today:

         regional Ranch style architecture, exteriors remarkably intact
         original layout and property configuration
         neon signage, including rare animated stagecoach and notable bowl sign
         intact bowling center with interior elements unifying overall Western theme
         bowling alley coffee shop built early 1960's (formerly housed offices) with original
          vinyl banquettes, counter w/stools, terrazzo flooring
         motel, motel office, restaurant, landscaping still retains Western motif and rustic,
          character-defining elements

As we enter the 21st century, fewer and fewer examples of authentic commercial roadside
architecture exist nationwide. Once considered part of Oxnard's famed “Restaurant Row,”
along with restaurants such as the Trade Winds, the Wagon Wheel is a Southern California
treasure that not only documents our vanishing postwar history but Ventura County's
evolution and regional history.

Cities across the nation are discovering the financial benefits of incorporating unique
architectural structures into the fabric of new developments. This integration is an essential
part of the collective memory and history of a place and works towards creating a richer and
more dynamic urban environment for all. I urge you to protect and incorporate this culturally
and architecturally significant landmark in any future plans.

Sincerely,


Adriene Biondo
17125 Lisette Street
Granada Hills, California 91344
astroluxe@mindspring.com

cc:    Matt Winegar, City of Oxnard

				
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