LOS ANGELES ARCHITECTURE

Googie Style architecture and Coffee Shops of Los Angeles

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GOOGIE STYLE

The origin of the name goes back to 1949 when architect John Lautner designed a coffee shop by the name of Googie's at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Crescent Heights Boulevard in Los Angeles. Elements of Googie architecture are: Up-swept roofs, large concrete domes, exposed steel beams and starburst, amoebae or boomerang shapes.

BUILDINGS

Astro Motel, Capitol Records, Chemosphere, Civic Lanes Bowling, Cinerama Dome, Driftwood Dairy, Googie Wall, Holiday Bowl, Panorama Bank, Pregnant Oyster, Theme Building, Tramway Gas Station, Union 76.

COFFEE SHOP and RESTAURANT

Algemac's , Ben Frank's, Bob's Big Boy, Chip's, Conrad's, Denny's, Frank's, Goody's, Harvey's Broiler, International Cafe, Johnie's, Kite Coffee Shop, Mc Donald's, Mel's Drive-In, Norm's Huntington Park, Norm's Inglewood, Norm's West Hollywood, Pann's Restaurant, Parasol, Rod's Grill, Ron Dee, Sheri's Restaurant, Stardust Cafe, Wich Stand.

PROGRAMMATIC ARCHITECTURE

Bach-Auricon, Bel Air Camera, Bellflower Bagels, BMW, Brown Derby, Carney's Express, Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria, Coffee Pot, Cooper's Donuts, Dale's Donuts, Fry's Electronics, Kindles's Donuts, Little Pedro's Cantina, North Woods Inn, Randys Donuts, Luggage Building, Tail o' the Pup, Tamale, Thai Town Express, The Darkroom, Van De Kamp's Windmill, White Log.


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This futuristic architecture was associated with the Southern Californian car culture, the space-age and the optimistic views of the post-war generation. The architectural Googie style went out of fashion in the Mid-Sixties.