Algemac's Closing

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Algemac's Closing

Postby nichols » Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:11 pm

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The historic Algemac's Coffee Shop, open since 1937, is closing on Sunday. Please join MODCOM members there for a farewell breakfast THIS Saturday, April 2 at 10 AM. We are working closely with the City of Glendale and the Glendale Historical Society on a preservation solution for the building. Stay tuned to modcom.org and http://www.glendalehistorical.org/ for more information as it develops.

ALGEMAC'S COFFEE SHOP
3673 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, CA

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Postby tikihula » Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:42 pm

We would be there in a New York second, but we'll be on a plane to Oahu for a MidMod photo safari. What an incredible bummer to see another landmark go by the wayside.

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Postby modchick65 » Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:32 am

Noooooooooooo...

Please save that building - it looks utterly amazing. In fact, I wish I could help, but I'm stranded here in the sparse MCM state of Pennsylvania...
Save Wildwood, NJ!!

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Postby deanna b » Mon Apr 04, 2005 2:03 am

By the way, be glad that you met there Saturday, because although they were supposed to be open Sunday as well, they closed a day early. The signs said that they didn't have enough available personnel to work Sunday, and apologized to anyone who had hoped to eat there one last time.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:25 am

Could this be the same Algemac's? They look so different.

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Postby nichols » Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:38 am

Yup. That's the same one. In 1937 they were closer to San Fernando and Brand, but they moved to the current location about 1946. The main entrance is in the same place, but they pushed out the east walls and added those diamonds. The rooftop integrated sign was replaced with a pole sign. The oldest part of the interior is the counter service area in the 1946 building pictured in Lynx's card.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:04 pm

A recent film shoot left some prop signage on the Algemac's facade.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:25 pm

Sorry news indeed. Algemac's is being gutted as I type this message. I just drove by to see dumpsters out front and the parking lot crowded with chunks of the restaurant's interior, red leatherette booths included.

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Postby nichols » Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:08 pm

The Conservancy, ModCom and the Glendale Historical Society have been working with the city and the developers for many months on a salvage compromise. The Algemac's facade will be incorporated into the project. The first 15 feet or so are being retained, it will be moved a few yards down San Fernando Road, a new interior will be constructed, the signage will likely be moved inside, and it becomes a community center. There is a historic consultant monitoring the demolition. Not the ultimate solution, but (in my opinion) better than complete demolition.

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Postby jeffgent » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:16 pm

I'm glad to hear that the are saving part of it, but why bother tearing any of it down now that the housing boom has gone bust? Is the developing planning to continue with project?

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Postby nichols » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:45 pm

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The "Vintage" condo project is fully entitled and this is Phase I of construction.

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Postby nichols » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:47 am

This plan calls for the neon signs to be reinstalled inside the space.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:20 am

Both signs?

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Algemac's Coffee Shop Versus Housing Needs

Postby Forum Friend » Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:36 pm

I'm so glad at least something will be done with this. Thank you Modern Committee for working on it. Gosh, though, I wish it would be a restaurant again. I now live in nearby Atwater Village, and could walk to it.

jeffgent wrote:I'm glad to hear that the are saving part of it, but why bother tearing any of it down now that the housing boom has gone bust? Is the developing planning to continue with project?


I went to the community open house for Glendale's Housing Element Update. The upshot:

The City of Glendale needs 3,131 new housing units for the period of 2006-2014. This does not mean the City of Glendale will build them; it means the City of Glendale must be zoned for the capacity, per state law.

Fortunately, City of Glendale's current zoning can already accommodate this number of new housing units. No revisions of the current zoning are necessary.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares the Regional Housing Needs Assessment providing this number. The number is broken down into the number of units required for different income categories, etc. SCAG takes into consideration lots of data in order to come up with the numbers, and the City of Glendale has accepted the needs assessment they've been given.

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Postby nichols » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:55 pm

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This morning I drove by Algemac's and saw the diamond canopy being moved onto a flatbed truck. It's going into storage during construction.
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Postby nichols » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:58 pm

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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:18 pm

I hope its twin neon "Coffee Shop" signs went into storage with it. I know the developer said the neon would be reused in the new development, but I always have my suspicions.

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Postby deanna b » Sun May 04, 2008 6:56 pm

Empty lot now.

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Postby nichols » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:25 pm

The salvaged portion of the building has now been grafted onto the new construction.

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Postby Skylark » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:34 pm

Couldn't those booths have been salvaged as well?

Like modchick65, I feel so helpless in faraway PA. :(

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Postby FinFan » Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:52 am

a romboidal composition of 2 folded rooftops, how clever design ***
Love the fact that at least they are re-using it. Have they built it up completely by now ?

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