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by ChrisLAXEncounter
Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:22 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Mid Century Modernism DEFINITION
Replies: 16
Views: 29502

Is there a space-age or atomic subtcategory?

For example, the LAX theme building, Encounter (my namesake), would not necessarily have the angles to be googie, yet it hails from the 50s post-war era.
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Fri Aug 18, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Holiday Bowl and Majestic Pontiac
Replies: 23
Views: 11923

. The "GOODWILL" sign is up in the former Pontiac space... at least it's exposed neon channel letters. Maybe Pontiac wouldn't pay the developer for signage rights, even though Pontiac could use the publicity. Most importantly, the red American Native American (Indian) Head remains and is ...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:50 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Wich Stand/Simply Wholesome, Los Angeles, CA
Replies: 3
Views: 3751

Wich Stand/Simply Wholesome, Los Angeles, CA

Name: Wich Stand Architect: Armet and Davis Year: 1958 Street: 4508 W Slauson Ave (at Overhill) City: Los Angeles (Ladera Heights) State: CA Zip: 90043 Country: Phone: Type: Style: Status: This Space Age masterpiece with a soaring roof, glass walls, and a sign pylon piercing the ceiling up to the s...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Holiday Bowl and Majestic Pontiac
Replies: 23
Views: 11923

Although pleased that a Ships structure remains, it is too bad that it lacks the dramatic googie style of the others and also no longer has the dramatic sign.
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:24 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Monorails...
Replies: 75
Views: 32205

By the way, where are the County Flood Control channel bank rights of way located?

Also, when did Los Angeles County get a Mayor?

Nevertheless, it is nice to hear the comments from Mayor Antonovich.
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Monorails...
Replies: 75
Views: 32205

The Wilshire bus route is one of the busiest in the County. Subways are very, very expensive. They also have unexpected problems, like the sink holes in Hollywood, or falling concrete from the ceiling, like the Big Dig in Boston. Time the MTA and other public officials learn from Miami, Las Vegas an...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:07 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: New film: Who Killed the Electric Car?
Replies: 43
Views: 12193

by ChrisLAXEncounter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:46 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Community farm in South Central in danger
Replies: 13
Views: 5957

The 14 acre South Central Farm was bull-dozed on July 5th. Many of those who participated in the actions that day to stop the bull-dozer are now facing misdemeanor trespassing charges. There is also a felony charge of assault on a police officer. http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/ However, I unders...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Wittner's Cigars Neon Sign, Los Angeles, CA
Replies: 9
Views: 5225

It's in a private secret place at the Farmers Market. Maybe I shouldn't say where... don't want it to disappear in the nite. Today, I saw it. I think it is located in more of an out of the way, then secret, location. A shame the newspaper stand doesn't add it, after all, they do have a nice humidor...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: New film: Who Killed the Electric Car?
Replies: 43
Views: 12193

This movie is a must see to realize how we all could be driving zero emission cars right now. It debunks the hydrogen fantasy and makes hybrids seem like an unnecessary compromise. Electric cars are possibly the only solution to the global warming crisis. Regarding the political issue, the Bush admi...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:33 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Norm's Los Angeles, CA
Replies: 3
Views: 6889

Norm's Los Angeles, CA

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Street: on La Cienega, just north of Beverly
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Angles everywhere, a thing of beauty.

http://www.you-are-here.com/googie/norms.html
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: DaVinci Code
Replies: 11
Views: 4549

by ChrisLAXEncounter
Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 1965 skyscraper imploded in San Pedro - Pacific Trade Center
Replies: 4
Views: 2392

Yes, I see the add almost every week in the Times. I can't believe the place hasn't even had a groundbreaking, with all of their advertising.

It does look like a nice concept, a view of the bay, even if it is an industrial port.

May be this is a justifiable development.
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:10 am
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Wittner's Cigars Neon Sign, Los Angeles, CA
Replies: 9
Views: 5225

by ChrisLAXEncounter
Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Encounters - LAX Theme Building
Replies: 15
Views: 8627

I blogged my 15-minute visit in August 2005 visit with lots of night pictures here: http://thelope.blogspot.com/2006/04/future-was-so-cool-in-1961.html My thanks to Freddiefreelance for posting the lava lamp site and Nichols for posting about the Sotto interview. Wish we could have eaten there. Way...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: in honor of THE Firestone station
Replies: 5
Views: 3234

by ChrisLAXEncounter
Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 1965 skyscraper imploded in San Pedro - Pacific Trade Center
Replies: 4
Views: 2392

I thought historical buildings were supposed to be converted into loft space, not destroyed?
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Holiday Bowl and Majestic Pontiac
Replies: 23
Views: 11923

Way to bring it, Nichols!

and Thank you.

Is the Overland and Washington location that which is now a Starbucks?
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 487725

Aloha, I wandered over from TikiCentral. Became very interested in this issue after the Derby, where I spent my 20s, became at risk, and, now, the issue of Trader Vic's, where I often have cocktails by candlelight is now at risk. I am very into Modern living and architecture and am pleased to live i...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Holiday Bowl and Majestic Pontiac
Replies: 23
Views: 11923

Even if people don't like it, Starbucks did a much better job with this jewel than they did with the Culver City Ships. With the exception of signage and landscaping, the exterior is unchanged, but the interior is mostly gone there. Not to be a ModCom cultural abyss, but where is the Culver City Sh...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Holiday Bowl and Majestic Pontiac
Replies: 23
Views: 11923

Hi new Chris - I've felt very much in the minority praising this work. Glad you like it. It took a HUGE amount of effort from modcom people, the LA Conservancy, the City of LA and Magic Johnson to agree to this much restoration. It was a massive effort to restore the coffee shop. I did not know. Co...
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:55 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Holiday Bowl and Majestic Pontiac
Replies: 23
Views: 11923

[quote="nichols"]Starbucks opens today. Go down, take a look and let us know what you think. 3730 Crenshaw Blvd. Love it! As noted in the photography above, the restoration nicely uses the dramatic, Modern features to an excellent advantage. The details, lik the Bubble light fixtures and f...

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