Friday, October 21, 2005

Googie Architecture

The L.A. Times ran a fun article on Googie architecture in this week's Home section. What is Googie, you ask? Take a peek here for some visual examples. Think '50s Southern California coffee shops, bowling alleys, and motels :).

One of my fond memories growing up was going to the theater at Westwood Playhouse, then going for a late-night snack at Ship's. They had toasters on each table where you could cook your own cinnamon toast just the way you liked it.

There used to be a lot of Googie-style motels around Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, but they are slowly disappearing.

The book mentioned in this article, Googie Redux, is outstanding, filled with great photos.

The author also wrote the beautiful coffee table book Ranch House. Coincidentally, the same issue of the Times ran an article suggesting ranch house homes are coming back into vogue.

My interests are nothing if not eclectic! :)

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