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Old January 8th, 2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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Googie Architecture

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Googie diners were all the rage 50-60 years ago. Born in car-centric Los Angeles in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the building type swept across the US along highways and local cruising strips. The widly futuristic style of many of these diners, motels, gas stations and anything else subject to the whims of creative imagination, became known as "Googie Architecture". Styles ranged from the breezy "Zen Garden modernism" of mid-century California, exemplified by manicured landscaping, exposed vaulted wood beams and large glass windows to let in natural light; to wildly eccentric Space Age themes of modern progress; to Tiki themed excess fueled by the post WW2 fascination with exotic polynesian locales.


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The food was usually typical comfort food served hot by a saucy waitress at your leatherette booth.

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Old January 8th, 2013, 06:14 AM   #2
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Tiny Naylor's

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Tiny Naylor's Restaurant, Sunset & La Brea - 1940's by scootermodster, on Flickr

Perhaps the ultimate drive in restaurant with big-time Googie styling was Tiny Naylor's in Hollywood CA at Sunset and La Brea Blvds. It was founded by W.W. Tiny Naylor. Naylor who got the nick name Tiny because he was 6'4" and weighted 320 lbs. His first restaurant was called Biff's - named after his son, in 1948. Designed in 1949 but built in 1958, the flagship of the small chain of eateries lasted until 1984 when the passing of time and increased property values prompted the restaurant's demolition.



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Old January 10th, 2013, 06:29 AM   #4
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There's a lot of those here in Vegas, never really noticed it for anything else other than 60's, but now i know.
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I love that side of mid century architecture and design. It was predominantly an American thing, although there were examples in other countries. It reflected optimism in the future, a growing sense of the world revolving around the everyday person who had new worlds to explore. Googie itself was more of a graphic design applied to buildings, but it echoed dynamic forms found in architecture such as Saarinen's TWA terminal in NYC.

Unfortunately because it was so tied in with the retail culture, it tends to get pushed aside in "serious" architecture discussions which tend to focus on the International Style which also existed at that time. But I think it deserves a closer look as a vernacular architecture by and for the public, not by a specially trained group of architects.

I have often wondered if the term Mid Century Modern was really too broad, and need to be broken down in the International Style versus Mid Century Expressionistic.
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Very interesting architecture! I don't know why, but it reminds me of american movies.
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I like this type of mid-century architecture! The angles and forms are great.

Even the cars of that era matched these buildings.
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I love this stuff!!!

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National Parlimanent House, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (1984)
Though it's not directly 'googie', it is certainly reminiscent to buildings in that style:


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