Q&A: The Swastika shaped Navy barracks in Coronado, CA

Question:
Where can I find background information on the so-called Swastika shaped Navy building in Southern California? It's all over the web, with aerial pictures.

Answer:
You won't find any public government documents in libraries about this building. It's a Navy building, a barracks, on Navy land, in Coronado, CA. The vetting process for the building would have been internal to the Navy and the architectural firm, Hendrick and Mock, which designed it. Given the design and building dates, 1966 to 1970, all surviving documentation must be with the National Archives. John Mock, the architect, appears to be retired, but is still alive, and there is a web site for his professional biography. The Navy barracks project isn't mentioned.

The Wikipedia article on the building is actually useful, as it reprints the official history of the design as posted by the Base itself. It also gives the official Base links as references. The official Base web site also posts all press releases regarding activities on the Base.

There is a story on the building in an Australian paper that appears to give a history of the building process, through contact with the architect, John Mock.

As far as keeping up to date on the building, and the changes that are planned for screening the shape from the air, one must depend on the two major papers for the region, the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune. On America's Newspapers, on the Databases, the San Diego Union-Tribune has coverage from 1983 to the present, and the Los Angeles Times has coverage for the latest two years. The Los Angeles Times also has historic coverage, 1881 to 1986, on the ProQuest Historical Papers database, on the Databases list. Searching that, one gets nothing on the design of the Base or the building, for the time frame of 1966 to 1970, but one gets a lot of society articles on John Mock and his wife. Expanding the search to all dates, there is nothing on the Base design. This is known as a negative fact: The dog did not bark. As far as barking goes, if one browses on the web for the building, one gets countless blogs, many by self-defined architects, on the design efficiencies of the building. Such browsing will also be a good way to keep up with the design changes as they occur. The San Diego Anti-Defamation League, and its director, Morris Casuto, was one of the major negotiators with the Base Admiral for changing the design and masking it from the air.