Ralphs in Sherman Oaks

ARCHITECTURE AND PRESERVATION NEWS for the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee (ModCom) and other Mid Century Modern, Googie, International, Art Deco, 20th Century design

Moderators: I_LUV_POWER!!!!, Joe, Adriene, moderns-r-us, Tony, Futura Girl, sean, Josh Geidel, nichols, Java

User avatar
nichols
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 9337
Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2002 1:16 pm
Location: The wooded highlands of Altadena, Calif.

Ralphs in Sherman Oaks

Postby nichols » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:41 pm

Ralph's Supermarket
14049 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks

Opened June 3, 1970

Image

to be demolished and replaced by this:
Image

http://myralphsshermanoaks.com/

User avatar
nichols
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 9337
Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2002 1:16 pm
Location: The wooded highlands of Altadena, Calif.

Postby nichols » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:50 pm

Ralphs opened on this site in 1941. The original store was located at the sidewalk. During construction in 1970 the old store stayed open as the new one was built behind. It was demolished and became the parking lot.

This store, now derided as "one of the older, smaller footprint stores." and sporting an "ugly-fugly mini mall look" was praised as "The chain's largest." and "One of the most beautiful in the nation, outside and inside." and described as the flagship store in the chain.

The store had unusual features including a "Liquor Quik" shop, a tank of swimming trout, "friendship kits" and a "meat hostess" ?!

Image

User avatar
Adriene
Modern Master
Posts: 387
Joined: Fri Aug 16, 2002 12:49 am
Location: Granada Hills, CA

Postby Adriene » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:57 pm

Damn, I love that Ralphs, the architecture reminds me of 1970s Hawaii. And the rendering...ugh!

User avatar
nichols
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 9337
Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2002 1:16 pm
Location: The wooded highlands of Altadena, Calif.

Postby nichols » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:40 am

Image
Image

User avatar
Futura Girl
Lotta Living Hostess
Lotta Living Hostess
Posts: 4161
Joined: Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:54 pm
Location: Las VEGAS babay!
Contact:

Postby Futura Girl » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:12 pm

i grew up 3 blocks from this ralphs.

it's funny - but after they killed the liquor store on the far right - it was never the same building to me. they also ripped out the bakery cafe that was on the left when you entered the left pavilion.

the 94 earthquake really sealed the final nails in the coffin of this building in many ways - sealing up alot of the glass. (it got hit pretty darn hard by the quake - surprisingly it wasn't demolished then)
sadly, only the roofline remains from what was there originally.

the 'new' picture did not come through chris? what are they proposing?
too bad they couldn't bring it back to what once was.
I'm gonna keep on the run... I'm gonna have me some fun if it costs me my very last dime.
If I wind up broke up, well, I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time

User avatar
Futura Girl
Lotta Living Hostess
Lotta Living Hostess
Posts: 4161
Joined: Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:54 pm
Location: Las VEGAS babay!
Contact:

Postby Futura Girl » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:01 pm

just saw the new picture. well at least it's not faux mediterranean. actually lots of post and beam feel and glass.

but there is no propsed footprint plan on the site, just the old footprint.
I'm gonna keep on the run... I'm gonna have me some fun if it costs me my very last dime.

If I wind up broke up, well, I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time

User avatar
nichols
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 9337
Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2002 1:16 pm
Location: The wooded highlands of Altadena, Calif.

Postby nichols » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:54 pm

LAist

Ralphs Looking to Upgrade Sherman Oaks Store, Studio City Store Rumored to Possibly Close

http://laist.com/2010/01/05/ralphs_look ... an_oak.php

User avatar
nichols
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 9337
Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2002 1:16 pm
Location: The wooded highlands of Altadena, Calif.

Postby nichols » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:57 pm

This is the store "rumored to close"

12842 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Hughes Market 1968 R. Leon Edgar

Image
(Martin Schall/you-are-here.com)
http://you-are-here.com/modern/hughes.html

ChrisLAXEncounter
Modern Master
Posts: 474
Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:41 pm
Location: Village Green, A National Historic Landmark

Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:02 am

I hope the Studio City Ralphs doesn't close.

I love its design, which is so inviting to Ventura Blvd.
In contrast, the Ralphs and TJs on La Brea & Third, both ignore La Brea, and focus only on the parking lots.

Also, the pine trees in the Studio City location are a nice green zone, as opposed to the typical concrete deserts of most markets.


Return to “Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests