The 5 greatest Googie-style buildings in Los Angeles

1) Chips

Googie is an architectural style popular in the mid-20th century and created in LA that captures the futurism of the time with buildings marked by aerodynamic lines, vaulted roofs, and gorgeous signage that played to the automobile age. Chips is a classic example of this popular style and has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1957.

11908 Hawthorne Boulevard, Hawthorne

+1 310 679 2947

2) Norms Restaurant

This restaurant, designed by the influential architectural firm of Armet & Davis, exemplifies Googie style. It’s also the oldest location of the Norms chain, which has locations around Southern California and is a quintessential California coffee shop.

googie sign of Norms restaurant

470 N La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood

+1 310 657 8333

http://normsrestaurants.com

3) Pann's

Pann’s is a perfect California coffee shop. Opened by George and Rena Panagopoulos in 1958 and designed by the legendary Armet & Davis, it’s on the way to LAX so always a good way to say goodbye or hello to Los Angeles. The neon sign, like the fried chicken, is a thing of beauty.

Pann's restaurant Googie-style sign

6710 La Tijera Boulevard, Inglewood

+1 323 776 3770

http://panns.com

4) Johnie's Coffee Shop

It’s worth crossing Fairfax Avenue from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see this shuttered example of a Googie coffee house. Designed by Armet & Davis and opened in 1956, this space held a series of coffee shops before closing in 2000. Since then, the building has been used strictly as a film location.

Johnie's Coffee Shop building

6101 Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile

+1 323 938 3521

5) Jack Colker's 76 Station

Googie was a popular style, not an elite one, so it’s no wonder the finest examples are places of everyday experiences – coffee shops, gas stations, grocery stores. Architect William Pereira originally designed the swooping boomerangshaped roof for LAX, but when it wasn’t used there, he repurposed it here.

Jack Colker's 76 Station

427 N Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills

+1 310 273 3891

Suggestions?

Want to share new hidden secrets in your hometown? Are you the author of the next hot city guide? Or do you want to team up in some other way? We look forward to hearing from you!

Contribute