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Il Ghiotto Restaurant

Il Ghiotto Restaurant

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Originally: Pacific Electric Depot
Location: 136 E. Commonwealth Avenue
1918: Mission Revival

Pacific Electric DepotThe Pacific Electric Depot provides an architectural transition from one age to another. While the basic style belongs to the first two decades of the twentieth century, the reduction of the Mission Revival style to the barest essentials hints at the functionalism of the 1920s. The decorative brackets supporting the protective overhangs and the parapet feature are the only true stylistic elements in this building’s design.

The Pacific Electric Railway came to Fullerton in 1917, as an extension of the line from La Habra at a cost of $425,000. The Depot was constructed soon afterward in 1918, at a cost of $10,000. Although passenger traffic was never lucrative, the large citrus industry provided significant freight revenue. Passenger service was discontinued in 1938, while freight traffic continued into the late 1940s. Around 1950, the depot began a new life as a Greyhound bus depot, which lasted until 1976.

The rehabilitation and reuse of this property became a key component in the planning for the Fullerton Transportation Center. This concrete building was fully rehabilitated for use as a restaurant in 1981, and it has been a privately operated eating establishment ever since. It is true to its original design, with even the wood trusses in the interior still exposed and unaltered.