He said his mom was all for it. Back then you could take a short drive from your fantastic job at the rocket factory to the McDonald's down the street for a cheap hamburger, and on Sunday you could even worship the lord in your car at the Crystal Cathedral — a drive-in church in Orange county that was one of the first megachurches. Built in 1937 and closed in 2005 to make way for a low-income housing development, Algemac’s classic facade remains—its interior now serves as a community center for said development. DAVID: The thing about Googies is that that futuristic element is often mashed together with the prehistoric, like two buildings that crashed into each other while traveling through time. Things like the theme building at LAX. David Weinberg, Produced by David WeinbergEdited by Sonya Geis & Nick WhiteSound & scoring by Ray GuarnaSpecial thanks to Krissy Barker, DAVID: The first thing you see when you walk through the front door of the building is a giant black coffin standing upright. One Saturday afternoon at Bernie’s Coffee Shop, a bunch of kids were gathered there. Jeremy, the guy in charge of the place said sure, so they made their way to one of the booths. When I first saw a collection of photos of Googie buildings with their cartoonish elements and bright colors, they made me think of The Jetsons. HESS: It, of course, has these big sheet metal golden arches, two of them, rising above this little one storey building the arches. And one day Howard was having a conversation with his brother who said to him — you know we’ve got the Johnie's Coffee Shop property just sitting there empty... Maybe the Bernie people would want to use it? From KCRW this is Welcome to LA, episode 11: Deep Time — The Strange Life of an LA Googie. GOLD: I know people who said some really bad things, but there are some people when I said: I didn’t really like it that much. HESS: In fact the animators at Hanna-Barbera who did "The Jetsons" were inspired by what they were already seeing on the streets of Los Angeles. In 1954, author Steve Hayes became manager of Googie's Coffee Shop, located in Hollywood next to the landmark Schwab's Drugstore. Pann’s distinctive tropical landscaping and interior design was the brainchild of Helen Liu Fong, who had a hand in many of Armet and Davis’s most well known works and was one of the first women to join the American Institute of Architects. That coffee shop was called Googies. Oddly enough, Googie was used as a deragatory term almost from the start — born in Southern California and named for a West Hollywood coffee shop designed in 1949 by John Lautner, a … It was picking up on the optimism, and the faith in the future, and the modern technology t, HESS: It was meant to attract your attention, it was meant to advertise itself, it’s often good light, but also to create an environment that was appealing, that connected indoors and outdoors, and so forth. GOLD: I noticed somebody on Twitter who said. It was “suburban,” “merely” commercial, “only” advertising, “just” a coffee shop, not “real” architecture. Today you see them everywhere in LA The ones with the 1980s color scheme — magenta blue and green signs. The Driftwood Dairy Drive-Thru, originally known as the Driftyland Dairy-Port, has been an El Monte institution since 1961. We sort of figured it out pretty quickly that we could post the sign with the phone number — anybody interested in filming, just call this number. Howard is the son of Dave Gold, the founder of the 99 Cents Only Store. Also opened in 1961, LAX’s space-age Theme Building went through a $4 million renovation—including lights designed by Walt Disney Imagineering—in 1997, right before a restaurant called Encounter took over the space. No need to worry about hot summer days that seem to be getting hotter every year. Here’s a pocket of LA history I wish I hadn’t missed out on: the corner of Sunset Blvd and Crescent Heights at the time when the southeast corner was home to both Schwab’s pharmacy and the Googie’s Coffee Shop whose quirky angles lent its name to a whole architectural style that became a distinctive addition to the Southern California landscape. The restaurant closed decades ago, and the general vibe of the place is post-apocalyptic. We could sit in a cool air conditioned vinyl booth sipping hot coffee, and gazing out the giant plate glass window with its view of a scorching desert. hey this is cool we'd love to film here? GOLD: So I told them about it, and I didn't hear anything for like a month or two, and then somebody finally called me back... And I guess the rest is history. According to writer and LA historian Alison Martino, the motel has appeared in True Romance, Apollo 13, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives, and The Partridge Family. I think they would like the fact that it's being used for something that... more than just making money. This was around the time of the 2016 campaign. GOLD: It was playing on the radio, and somehow the idea just popped… of playing that song and throwing money at the caravan as it went by. It feels like some sort of revolution happened, but it didn’t go well, and everyone fled leaving everything behind. Chips has changed little since opening in 1957; the only modification that’s been made to the structure is the addition of a small patio. With their dynamic roofs and neon signs, these diners, motels, and car washes showcase the best of Googie style. the 1950s cash register and milkshake machine still sitting there gathering dust on the counter. Googie’s Coffee Shop in 1986 at Sunset Blvd and Crescent Heights 8100, West Hollywood Before its destruction !! Standing there inside this post-apocalyptic coffee shop, and staring out at these space age buildings, you think about the concept of deep time. GOLD: As a kid I was always politically active, not on my own — my parents dragged me to anti Vietnam War protests and I got involved in little things here and there. “At the last minute, Helen got in there and colored some of them in with red fingernail polish,” according to the Los Angeles Times. And much of what critics said about Lautner and Googie architecture was similar to the things LA detractors say about this place: that it's all glitz and no substance. we maybe knew about it first, and Johnie's restaurant was put up for sale -- not the restaurant itself but the property. Architect John Lautner designed the Hollywood coffee shop … The design of the dramatic, swooping Union 76 gas station is the work of Chinese-American architect Gin Wong of the firm William L. Pereira and Associates. Designed by Wayne McAllister in 1949, Bob’s Big Boy Burbank (a favorite of Jay Leno, America’s former Late Night Leader) is often cited as of the earliest examples of Googie architecture in LA. The pastor Robert Schuller got his start standing on the roof of a concession stand at a drive-in movie theater shouting the gospel at people in their cars. Cheverton, Richard, "Exuberantly Googie; why the Valley's burger stands, carwashes and 20-foot dwarfs belong among America's architectural treasures", Los Angeles Times Magazine, 16+, front cover, 11/12/2000. Most Googie coffee shops in the Valley, unfortunately, have been demolished—in spite of it all, though, Kerry’s keeps on truckin’, now as a Mel’s. Come on down to Johnie's and step inside a building that is made from the same material as those very rockets. Googie is the architectural equivalent of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s definition of obscenity—you may not know how to define it, but you know it when you see it. ETHAN: Scientists have shown that climate change can cause our generation’s future to be terrible — not something to look forward to... like it’s something that we really have to worry about, and the people in our government right now aren’t doing anything to fix it. GOLD: I know people who said some really bad things, but there are some people when I said: I didn’t really like it that much — they became offended. Completed in 1953, this is the oldest surviving McDonald’s in existence, with a mediocre-at-best museum attached to prove it. Pull up a seat at the counter and you will see that everything is amazing... until that moment when your food arrives, and you take a bite and realize that your hamburger tastes like shit. On a sunny weekday morning Howard invited me over to his house to talk about the strange origin story of Bernie’s Coffee shop. But specifically it was modern design for the average person — for coffee shops, or gas stations, for car washes. This is a story about Johnie’s Coffee Shop, about the slowness of the natural world - the concept of deep time, and about the activists who now gather in this old abandoned Googie style restaurant. If you shopped at Dave Gold’s stores, there’s a good chance you’d run into him shambling around the parking lot dressed in wrinkled ill fitting pants, and a 99 cents store polo shirt. DAVID: It’s pretty crazy to have an entire style of architecture named after a single building you designed, but Lautner was not particularly happy about it. But then one day Howard was sitting at his computer. You can see it in some of the interior walls of Johnie's Coffee Shop. And I was just sort of thinking. A post shared by 瀬戸あゆみ (@setoayumi) on Aug 14, 2017 at 9:57am PDT. ACTIVIST: At first I thought I was kind of alone because I was looking at all these climate strikes in Europe, and I was thinking — why aren’t people doing this here? Its slated for partial preservation as part of a larger residential project. Googie would seem far from outlandish today as those once controversial design elements have become commonplace in both commercial and residential architecture. Product Identifiers. DAVID: On the way to the $33,000 a plate fundraising dinner at George Clooney’s, Clinton’s motorcade passed by the protesters who were holding signs that said Feel the Bern and Goldman Sachs Loves Hillary. It makes everything else in the space worth it. Never mind the redlining that kept people of color out of middle class suburbs; just ignore that toxic smog building up on the horizon. It's the consequence of a city built around the automobile. GOLD: Actually when you rang my bell I was in the shower. The Space Needle has managed to transcend the style’s gaudy reputation, as did the offbeat, skeletal Theme Building at LAX. But you come in, and then instead of the architecture being magical and blowing you away, it’s that whatever you are there for… the strength of the movement that blows you away. DAVID: A little further down the counter, three more activists were working on posters. He’s pro-capitalism, but he says capitalism has run amuck in America, and it needs to be reigned in. Googies was demolished in 1989, but the style it inspired lives on. Googie is a style which incorporated the modern, the geometric and space age design which kids of the For those seeking adventure in the slightly tamer wild west of Vegas and southern California the new Googie style could be found in the cars that took them there and the diners, coffee shops and motels which kept them there. And I know that they can't get to his house without passing my house. And I know that they can't get to his house without passing my house. DAVID: Howard does not consider himself a socialist. Some of them sat in the old orange and cream colored vinyl booths, others on the stools at the counter. Bold and eye-catching, Googies were meant to attract the eyes of people driving by in cars with their upswept roofs, atomic imagery, and tons o’ neon, glass, and steel. (Wong, a longtime associate of Pereira, is also credited as the designer of the Theme Building at LAX. This new venue had all the elements that would later become the standard for coffee shops and drive-ins around the country. You can still book a room at Pasadena’s Safari Inn, one of the few intact vestiges of California’s Golden Age of Motels. The word Googie comes from Googies, a Los Angeles coffee shop also designed by Lautner. Originally designed with an Egyptian theme, its concrete walls leading to the entrance were made to look like ancient ruins. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to have a store where everything was good quality, and everything was 99 cents?”, GOLD: I guess because we were there, we lived in the area when certain things became available in the market. HESS: Googie architecture is part of the upwelling of good modern design after World War II. The Los Angeles Conservancy calls it an “exuberant” and “stunning” example of Googie design and midcentury bowling alleys. A post shared by Steve Tanner (@stvnptrk66) on May 26, 2019 at 6:52pm PDT. GOOGIE STYLE The origin of the name goes back to 1949 when architect John Lautner designed a coffee shop by the name of Googie's at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. It was actually Rosemary Clooney’s version of “We're in the Money”. (The city landmarked the gas station in 2018. The name, Googie, comes from the long-gone Googies Coffee Shop designed by the great John Lautner in 1949. You don't wanna know about it, believe me.”. They were focused, hunched over their posters, paintbrushes in hand, laughing and talking excitedly about their plans to save the world.Correction: An earlier version of this story misattributed the design of the Crystal Cathedral to John Lautner. She voted for Bernie, even did some phone banking from Bernie’s, but his father passed away before the transition. DAVID: About a dozen kids and a few parents were spread out around the restaurant. They cleaned toilets and stocked shelves, and along the way the family purchased several properties in the city. Howard is the son of Dave Gold, the founder of the 99 Cents Only Store. DAVID: About a dozen kids and a few parents were spread out around the restaurant. Some of them sat in the old orange and cream colored vinyl booths, others on the stools at the counter. The building's life as a filming location might have gone on indefinitely — Howard and his family didn’t really give much thought to doing anything else with the property. ISBN-10. Producer: Today, these are Googie architecture staples, and standout images that themselves have become immortalized as art,” writes Farley Elliott at Eater LA. The Norms on La Cienega? Iconic landmarks like Chips, Mel’s Diner and the original Googie - a John Lautner designed coffee shop, the first of its style, and the namesake of the movement - continued to define America’s place in pop culture and Googie’s spirit of the age. One of legendary Googie architects Armet and Davis’s first designs, this former Kerry’s Coffee Shop was completed in 1953. No job was too small. We sort of figured it out pretty quickly that we could post the sign with the phone number. The windows and walls are covered with posters and signs, the remains of protests and street marches. One of the defining characteristics about Googie architecture is that it’s commercial in more than one sense of the word. Initially the futuristic designs were outrageous, and detractors labeled these structures the Googie School of Architecture after a particularly outlandish coffee shop in Los Angeles. hey, boycott CNN protests going on right now. Douglas Haskell, the editor of House and Home Magazine, applied the name to the style in 1952 after driving by Lautner’s coffee shop. Howard and his family didn’t really give much thought to doing anything else with the property. Today you see them everywhere in LA The ones with the 1980s color scheme. And I felt like all of history had converged at this coffee shop where a shell shocked war veteran once offered to get his friend a toe... and I think this must be what it feels like to experience deep time. hey you know maybe we can do a little protest as the motorcade goes by my house. DAVID: At one point I glanced over at the boulders embedded into the wall of Bernies, and wondered how old they were — thousands, millions of years maybe. I worked for César Chávez in high school a little bit. agenta blue and green signs. Jonnie’s closed, and the building sat empty for 20 years.. And then it became a home for progressive activists and revolutionaries. If you want the full Johnie's experience, drive by it at night—its neon signage will be illuminated, making the structure look both garish and gorgeous. As the song “We’re in the Money” blasted from a speaker. And I'd never been a huge fan of CNN, and I decided to go down and see what's going on. It was the best of all possible worlds. The people that operated Johnie's still had a lease. And I felt like all of history had converged at this coffee shop where a shell shocked war veteran once offered to get his friend a toe... and I think this must be what it feels like to experience deep time. See more ideas about googie, retro sign, vintage neon signs. Our googie ceramic coffee mugs come in two sizes (11 oz. The author met and mingled with the likes of Clark Gable, Natalie Wood, James Dean, Errol Flynn, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and worked for the Fred Otash Detective Agency. A post shared by Miguel Valles (@mv_imgs) on Jun 22, 2019 at 11:14am PDT. Across from that is an even more futuristic looking structure that resembles a smaller, more fuel-efficient version of the Death Star from Star Wars if it had landed at one of LA's busiest intersections. But specifically it was modern design for the average person — for coffee shops, or gas stations, for car washes. Lautner was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright and spent six years living at Taliesin, Wright’s architecture fellowship. "Coffee-shop architecture tours take you back", Sunset Magazine, 17, 01/1996. Airplanes and rockets were designed and built at places like Lockheed Martin, Douglas Aircraft, and Northrop Grumman, all located in Southern California. When you turn and look out the giant plate glass windows, you see the building across the street. Many of Southern California’s classic Googies have been demolished, presumably because the businesses they housed (drive-ins, coffee shops, banks, and car washes) catered to the working classes, who, according to developers, don’t deserve nice things. GOLD: As a kid I was always politically active, not on my own, my parents dragged me to anti Vietnam War protests and I got involved in little things here and there. DAVID: That’s what it feels like at this strange Los Angeles intersection; inside this old restaurant where you hear the sound of kids hunkered down at the counter, plotting a revolution. It was a piece of Googie architecture. DAVID: For all you Hollywood trivia buffs playing along at home, Rosemary was George Clooney’s aunt. One of them was holding up a sign that derisively referred to CNN as the Clinton News Network, and at that moment Howard got an idea. Googie Landmark Johnie's Coffee Shop Lives on in the Movies New, 3 comments The blue and white building on Wilshire is still famous on the silver screen. Free shipping for many products! With its giant glittering sign made of hundreds of light bulbs, you could see Romeo’s from blocks away, which was the whole point of the building — it was a Googie. ETHAN: I’m Ethan Martinez, I’m a youth climate striker from South Pasadena, I’m with my little sister... 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