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Postby Gnomus » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:02 pm

Awesome story, muchas gracias.

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Postby Gnomus » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:29 pm

CA Crazy lists a structure as still surviving that I've been unable to spot while cruising through the area. It's the Fruit Basket, listed as being on Venice Blvd near La Brea.

Did it fall since the book was published (2001)?

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Postby nichols » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:09 am

Jim's answer:

LONG GONE. Must be my mistake ( what page does it say that ?) because it was modified and then torn down in the late ‘70s early ‘80s.

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Postby Gnomus » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:36 pm

It's on page 175, the text is "Then and now. Programmatic structures that have withstood the test of time. (1) The Fruit Basket..." and there's a photo at the top of the page. Oh well, now I know not to crane my neck looking around while I'm cruising through that area. Thanks, Jim!

Another question: On page 13, Jim reports on the White Log Tavern chain that "...by 1937 there were sixty-two of these fast-food restaurants located throughout California." And provides references.

On page 67, he writes "...the White Log Taverns, which originated in Oakland, spread forty units across California and into Oregon..."

Chris, have you nailed down the number of CA locations in your research?

I made a list of all the businesses in CA Crazy that I can take down to the library and dive into the phone books to see what I can find. In particular, I'm interested in the chains where he hasn't specified a number of locations, or the locations are not listed.

Barkies Sandwich Shops
Betsy Ann Ice Cream/Yost Sweet Shop (either a chain or building that got moved around/sold a lot?)
Big Cone
Big Freezer
Bucket
Curries Ice Cream
Donut Hole
Jumbo Lemon Co.
Sanders Coffee Shops (was the Coffee Cup Cafe a part of this?)

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Idle Hour Cafe

Postby KevinEP » Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:44 pm

The barrel shaped Idle Hour Cafe (most recently "La Cana" restaurant) in North Hollywood is up for HCM nomination by our own Chris Nichols.

It's pn the agenda for November 5th.

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Postby Gnomus » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:08 pm

Traveltalks, 1935 -- at 3:48 features lovely shots of the Brown Derby, Mother Goose Pantry and a windmill that might be a Van de Kamp's (but it's BLUE -- ?).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egHq5t7k ... _embedded#

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Postby nichols » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:30 am

Blue and white were always Van de Kamp's colors:

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Postby Gnomus » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:49 pm

Har! I've only seen black and white photos. Thanks, Chris.

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Postby Gnomus » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:57 am

Down at the Library yesterday, I was looking at the LA Times index and found an article on giant object architecture from Steve Harvey dated 6/20/85 with this quote from Arthur Whizin about his Chili Bowls:

"When the Long Beach earthquake hit, my Chili Bowl on Florence (Avenue in Huntington Park) was the only building on the block that wasn't damaged. It's because of the circular shape. It gave evenly in all directions. The place was full, and all 28 customers ran outside. After a couple of minutes, they peered inside the window, saw everything was OK, and came back and finished their chili."

It also reports a Chili Bowl slogan as: "We cook our beans backwards -- you only get the hiccups!"

Also found some coverage of the opening of the Cadillac building on Ventura Blvd in Tarzana from 1/22/1987. They reported that one pedestrian said about the building: "It's beyond being not aesthetically pleasing. It's irritating. The owners of this building are going to be sorry. It may be 'in' now, but two years from now, it'll be out."

I'm happy to report that the building is still there, and looking good, now approaching its 25th anniversary...

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Postby nichols » Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:42 am

According to Gebhard and Winter, this is a giant teapot.
607 W. Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles
It was built in 1929.

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...and it's for sale: $500,000

http://caretscommercial.com/index.cfm?f ... tid=517473

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Postby Futura Girl » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:17 pm

think there are any pictures of the teapot anywhere?
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Postby Lynxwiler » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:35 am

"Los Angeles magazine associate editor and friend to programmatic architecture Chris Nichols reports today that LA's last barrel-shaped building (on Vineland in North Hollywood) will be saved by the people behind Bigfoot Lodge. The former Idle Hour Cafe and La Cana Restaurant was built in 1941 and has been closed since 1984. Bigfoot Lodge owner Bobby Green and his 1933 Group picked up the building at auction this past weekend and Nichols says "Their plans for a full restoration of the place are amazing and wonderful and I’ll meet you all there for a drink when it reopens sometime next year as the Idle Hour Cafe." [LA Mag]

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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:00 pm

a victory for the valley!!!
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Postby nichols » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:52 pm

Idle Hour Cafe
3824 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:12 pm

nichols wrote:Idle Hour Cafe


how is the restoration going?
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Postby nichols » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:23 am

The extraordinarily complicated real estate transaction is still playing out, but cleared its last major hurdle (I hope) in court on Friday. The work can't start until they get the keys, but keep checking here for updates.

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Postby deanna b » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:28 am

In case someone still reads this, you do know that The Bucket closed in October and will probably be demolished, if it hasn't been already, right?

http://eaglerock.patch.com/groups/busin ... r-78-years

(Where did everyone move to, anyway?)

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Postby deanna b » Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:40 pm

Okay, the Bucket looks like it's reopened. Not sure what the story is there, or of it's out of danger or just had a temporary reprieve. But I stopped to take a picture of the Coffee Pot/Hot Cha in Long Beach today, and it's boarded up and yellow tagged.


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