Kirkwood Sports Center – Studio City, California

In the late 1950’s, “Joe Palooka”, movie star Joe Kirkwood, Jr., chose William M. Bray, Architect, AIA, NCARB, and Bray Architects, to design a Multi-Purpose Sports Center, representing the social and recreational culture of the time. This Center included: Jerry’s Famous Deli, a 24-hour upscale family delicatessen restaurant; Pinz Bowling Center, a family bowling center with 32 bowling lanes and numerous video game arcades;  a professional acting school with formal stage and audience seating;  Weddington Tennis, with 16 full-size tennis courts; and Weddington Golf, a 9-hole golf course with
multi-purpose clubhouse.

Bray Architects solved complicated existing site problems due to geological conditions. The ground for the buildings and facilities necessitated the stabilization of the soil, with increased structural support, both below and above ground, due to a high underground water table; proximity to an active river; and location in an earthquake risk area.

The versatile Kirkwood Sports Center, and Weddington Golf and Tennis, is still serving thousands of people of all ages.
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