Can anyone shed some light on this mysterious marker? It's located at the corner of Springdale and Warner, in the bushes adjacent to the Arco station. The text reads: "In recognition of Lloyd Wright's 94 foot high sign tower that was to have been erected on this spot. It's defeat is symbolic of the democratic process in which we live. The people did not wish this sign tower to be erected as they felt it was not needed and would blight their community. Their wishes were heard and ahdered to by the developer, Stanley Fann. - 1970"
Lloyd Wright, whose full name was Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. was the famed architect's son and he did most of his work in Southern California. I found one cryptic reference within the Lloyd Wright papers in the Online Archive of California that appears to reference this project:
Fann, Martin-Triangle Square
Springdale & Warner, Huntington Beach. no # (Project No) [ Blueprints - Box 288 ]
Was this a big city controversy? Was the tower to be an ad for the shopping center? Was the current Beef Palace sign built in lieu of the Wright tower? (the marker is located right by the base of the current sign--and it states the same year--1970). I'm going to the library to dig deeper, but I thought in the meantime someone might have some knowledge of this. A Wright-designed tower today would be, I think, a significant landmark in Huntington Beach. That said, it also appears to have been an early victory for HB residents over excessive development. Anyone?