Cantilevered structures, sloping roofs, starbursts, boomerangs, steel, glass, and neon colors are some of the elements found on Googie architecture. A subdivision of Futurist architecture, influenced by the nascent car culture of the 1940’s, jets, the Space Age and the Atomic Age.

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Googie architecture originated in Southern California and it was a standard style for motels, coffee houses and gas stations. Sadly, this style of architecture became less valued with time, and only a few structures have been preserved.

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For more fabulous Googie images check these Pinterest boards. If you are in SoCal, you can take a self guided tour and check these icons in person.

Images via Alan Hess on Architecture, Wunderkammer LA Times, Retro Roadside Photo,

 

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