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Old April 22nd, 2014, 06:53 PM   #41
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Googie's kind of a subset of mid-century modernism. Mostly those 50s/60s space-age style cafes and gas stations with the neon and starburst motifs. Lots of sharp angles as well.

Typical mid century modernism tends to be toned down a bit more.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 06:59 PM   #42
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I sure hope theres a preservation movement for it. I usually cant stand anything built after WW2 but this stuff is pretty cool and very unique. Ive seen a whole lot of it torn down everywhere. But cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix, LA, Houston, etc are starting to have an appreciation for their mid century modern stuff since thats pretty much all the historic architecture left in those cities.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 11:14 PM   #43
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Some movements have actually been starting since the start of the decade. Especially after the Mad Men series became popular, which featured a lot of mid-century modern architecture and interior design. I've read of a few Googie buildings to be listed after the preservation movements stepped in.

An interesting article on mid-century modern preservation:
http://www.archdaily.com/455999/the-...ury-modernism/
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 11:20 PM   #44
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Probably the most famous space-age Googie style structure: the Theme Building, Los Angeles: (1961)



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Old April 23rd, 2014, 04:39 AM   #45
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Googie is coined term, not really a "official" term. Technically it is a graphic design, although it can be applied to architecture. Really, Googie proper is a commercial style - the whole point is to advertise. A good way to tell if it is Googie - imagine it drawn out in outlines with one color spots. If it feels kind of comic or like an ad, it is probably Googie. It is mostly a US style, mostly because in the US in the 50s and 60s there was tremendous optimism, and the culture in the US was more oriented towards consumerism. Which is why there was such a backlash against it in the 70s and 80s when architecture in the us felt it had to become "serious".

Actually, a good way of thinking about it - architecture as advertising or setting a modern/futuristic mood.

In my search to try and do a better job at defining these styles, I use the term expressionist modern. It encompasses both Googie as well as buildings like the Illinois Savings and Loan. I stumbled across a new one today even - just recently completed. I think its a trend that is coming back - look for Atomic Modern on the Internet.

Note that this building is NOT Googie, but very much expressionist modern: http://dornob.com/breathtaking-deser...#axzz2zfWrssYK
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Old April 24th, 2014, 03:08 AM   #46
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Has that space-age style character, but also some hints of brutalist architecture. Also was abandoned for 20 years but they're planning to bring it back to its former glory.
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Old April 27th, 2014, 05:50 AM   #47
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A recently restored diner in St Louis, Missouri known as the 'flying saucer' (1967)
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After restoration (no good new photos, but windows were added in the diner area itself.)
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One of the most iconic MCM houses, seen in lots of movies:
Chemosphere, Los Angeles (1960)



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Old May 8th, 2014, 04:21 AM   #49
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Spa at Palm Springs (1960)

That city is a goldmine of mid-century modern architecture!








Sadly it is being closed and will be replaced by this hideous Vegas-y lump
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Oklahoma State City Bank, Oklahoma City (1962)



Sadly the elegant glass walls have been replaced with some pretty nasty solid cladding material.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #51
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That has got to be one of my favorite buildings. At least it is still standing. Hopefully there is some kind of protection for it?
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Unfortunatley, this is the bank today:

A far cry from its former space-age modern looks.
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The angles and forms are great.
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Robert Frost Memorial Auditorium, Culver City, California, USA (1964)



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Nice slideshow with awesome 50s architecture
https://www.flickr.com/photos/187948...49427042/show/
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Tiny Naylor's Restaurant, Los Angeles (1954)

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