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Postby nichols » Tue Mar 25, 2003 5:07 pm

Howdy Folks!

I'm hoping to establish a good, current list of extant giant objects - "California Crazy" -style architecture in Los Angeles county. You know, huge barrels or ice cream cones... OK Here are a few to start:

Chili Bowls
San Fernando @ Western, Glendale (Now car dealer)
Florence between Santa Fe and Alameda, Huntington Park
12244 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. (Now Mr. Cecil's ribs)

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Postby SpudGirl » Tue Mar 25, 2003 7:20 pm

How about the giant light bulb on Pico, bewtween Fairfax and La Cienega? There's also a big bunny on the roof of a pet food store on Lakewood Blvd. in Lakewood, just a little south of the 91.

Is that the stuff you're looking for?

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Postby Futura Girl » Tue Mar 25, 2003 8:44 pm

The giant root barrel La Cana Restaurant at the northeast corner of Vineland and Lankershim in the San Fernando Valley.
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Big Objects

Postby ch » Tue Mar 25, 2003 9:38 pm

There's that big drive thru donut that's in, where is it, El Monte or Covina or someplace east of downtown that was recently seen in LA Magazine.

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Postby modfan » Wed Mar 26, 2003 8:17 am

Out in Mentone there is a house on I think Greenspot Rd. that has a collection of 'large items' among them is a big fibreglass Paul Bunyan.
I think is off of St. Hwy 38 and turn left (north) abt. 1 block on the right.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Wed Mar 26, 2003 5:19 pm

How about The Darkroom camera supply store located at 5370 Wilshire Boulevard? Built 1938 by Marcus Mill, it was constructed of black vitrolite in the shape of a giant camera.

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Postby Velas » Thu Mar 27, 2003 10:26 am

Its not super-big but there's always the hotdog on the North-west corner of Hollywood and Western

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Postby scottkaycee » Fri Mar 28, 2003 10:07 pm

In Fontana(an hour east of LA, formerly the armpit of San Bernadino County, now the poor man's Irvine) on Route 66(Foothill Blvd.) between Citrus and Cherry there is a giant orange, formerly used as a fruit stand, It's on the side of the road in the parking lot of an old Italian Deli . There used to be these every few miles in the old citrus country and on Rte. 66 i think Joan Didion wrote about them in her Inland Empire bashing pieces.

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Postby SpudGirl » Sat Mar 29, 2003 2:30 pm

If you're going to talk about the I.E, there's also these:

1) There's a Donahoo's Chicken in Rubidoux, across the street from the now defunct Club Metro, that has the big chicken on top.

2) Down on Van Buren, there's a big orange at the entrance to the Citrus Park.

3) On Iowa and Spruce, there's a factory that makes generic styrofoam cups for mom and pop hamburger stands. They have a HUGE ( and I mean HUGE ) cement cup and straw in the front.

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Postby JAB » Sat Mar 29, 2003 2:47 pm

SpudGirl, do you know if that Donahoo's in Rialto is the same as the Donahoo's in Pomona?

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Postby SpudGirl » Sat Mar 29, 2003 5:54 pm

Last time I was by it said Donahoo's and it looked just like the one in Pomona. I've never eaten there though. It's on Misson Blvd in Riverside, in da' hood.....

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Postby scottkaycee » Sat Mar 29, 2003 8:45 pm

The Donahoo's in Pomona and Rubidoux are the same outfit, now I don't know if it's franchise or same owner or what but the chicken's are indentical (the fiberglass one's anyway) as is the signage, that whole Mission Blvd. in Rubidoux has a creepy (in a good way) mid century vibe, the Rubidoux Drive In is still in operation and has great pink flagstone pylons, alas the original orangey signage paint scheme was replaced in the last few years

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Postby Futura Girl » Sat Mar 29, 2003 11:30 pm

There is a place on the northwest side of Highway 14 on the way to the desert that sells fiberglass animals. Now they're not all giant, but i think they they had a catalog from which you can order giant chickens and life sized cows for your front yard.
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Postby modfan » Sun Mar 30, 2003 11:21 pm

I think the off ramp from Rt. 14 is Crown Valley Rd. in Acton. I think someone bought one for a ranch en route to the Poppy Reserve-you see it on the way there, has a red scarf around it unless it blew away-exit ave I (turns into Lancaster Rd.)

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Postby nichols » Mon Mar 31, 2003 11:17 am

Thanks everyone, but I was hoping to hear of more examples of giant object architecture as opposed to objects applied to buildings.
The remaining chili bowls are currently on my mind.

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Postby SpudGirl » Mon Mar 31, 2003 7:09 pm

Does Tail O' the Pup count?

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Postby Adriene » Mon Mar 31, 2003 10:59 pm

Chris, there's the former Chili Bowl in Huntington Park (now Roche Guadalajara),

an old tamale diner in East L.A. (now a beauty shop),

a giant coffee pot on a hexagon building that looks like it's from the 30's in Long Beach (it used to be Hot Cha Cafe)

the oil derrick liquor store in Signal Hill -- Oil Patch Liquor & Deli,

and The Parasol, of course...

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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 01, 2003 11:52 am

Does anyone collect addresses?
The tamale is one of my all-time favorites.

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Postby nichols » Fri Apr 23, 2004 9:55 am

Just drove by the giant chinese takeout container in Pico Rivera and had to post the address: 5123 Rosemead Blvd., just south of Whittier Blvd.

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Postby freddiefreelance » Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:10 am

Mr. Cecil's California Ribs, 12244 W Pico Blvd, is in a Chili Bowl.
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I just thought of one from childhood

Postby modfan » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:40 pm

Giant Lilly Cup in front of the Lilly Cup Factory in Riverside (on Iowa Ave.?)-went by recently and there is no more Lilly Cup Factory - it's like a furniture outlet store or indoor swap meet-BUT the big Lilly Cup is still there but the company logo is gone and it's not readily painted to identify it as a giant paper cup-to more recent folks it probably is just a cone upside down with the point stuck in the ground

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In ref. to Spud Girl's post

Postby modfan » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:43 pm

This might be the same one as the previous post

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Postby freddiefreelance » Mon May 10, 2004 9:57 am

megamail wrote:The giant root barrel La Cana Restaurant at the northeast corner of Vineland and Lankershim in the San Fernando Valley.


What is it with the giant barrels? Were they Root Beer Barrels? And why are so many now Mexican restaurants?

There's one in the Bonsall/Fallbrook area near San Diego: exit the 15 freeway @ Gopher Canyon Rd. & go E. to Old Hwy. 395. Take 395 N. & turn L. into the 1st driveway, a campground, & park by the store. The barrel is just north of the store. The driveway's easy to find, especially since there're 2 "Jimmy Carter"-type cartoon-style tikis across the street.
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I know that one

Postby modfan » Mon May 10, 2004 2:47 pm

Isn't there a dead tree where they put soda pop bottles on all the branches adjacent to it? A bottle tree?

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Postby streinen » Tue May 11, 2004 9:33 am

How about the giant Cadillac that serves as a strip mall on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana?

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You can see that

Postby modfan » Tue May 11, 2004 3:15 pm

In the roadside oddities gallery-The Fleetwood Center.

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Postby freddiefreelance » Thu May 13, 2004 10:59 am

What was the name of that Hollywood camera store that was shaped like a camera? I was thinking it was Morgan Camera but that's not right.
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Postby nichols » Wed May 19, 2004 9:38 am

Do you mean THE DARKROOM on Wilshire?

Hard to see, to the right of the main entrance here:
http://www.congaroom.com/LaBoca.html

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed May 19, 2004 11:28 am

That made me think of the giant flashbulb on the Camera store in Studio City!

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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Thu May 20, 2004 9:05 am

freddiefreelance wrote:What was the name of that Hollywood camera store that was shaped like a camera? I was thinking it was Morgan Camera but that's not right.


That was replicated at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park.
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