The Santa Monica Airport (formerly Cloverfield) is the oldest operating airport in the Los Angeles area. The tower was originally part of the San Diego-Los Angeles national airway system and represents on of the earliest navigational tools used in night flying.
The steep tower was moved from its original installation in Downey in 1952. The modifications were a new anemometer and the beacon drum to conform to current FAA regulations.
The beacon tower symbolizes the vital role aviation has played in the economic history of the City for more than 50 years.