Category Archives: California

5820 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

  Los Angeles is the land of mundane office buildings. This one was built in 1958. It sits directly across the street from the La Brea Tar Pits.

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Wilshire La Jolla Medical Building, Los Angeles, CA

Located at 6360 Wilshire Boulevard is this medical office building. The white caduceus on a black background over the entrance makes a prominent statement. It was built in 1955.

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Mundane Mondays: 14708 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

I thought we’d start with something truly mundane, courtesy of reader Adam R. This building in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles has been a bank (possibly originally built as such), more recently a gym and is now for … Continue reading

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Not So Mundane: Geisel Library, UCSD, San Diego, CA

Geisel Library is an amazing, yet surprisingly little known work of modern architecture, located in the center of campus at the University of California, San Diego. It was designed in the late 1960s by the prolific architect William Pereira, who … Continue reading

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El Dorado Center, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Nice mid-century building at 3368 Lake Tahoe Boulevard which houses a number of El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe government offices as well as a few other businesses. Also, I have not been able to find any documentation for … Continue reading

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Built in 1962.

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Palm Springs Boxing Club, Palm Springs, CA

This weird building sits at 225 S. El Cielo Road on a sparse gravel lot behind many of the Palm Springs municipal buildings. Originally the Department of Motor Vehicles. Constructed in 1966, architect unknown.  

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Not So Mundane: Palm Springs Banks

These bank buildings in Palm Springs have been covered to death, but I had to include my own images because these structures are so unique and in pristine condition, although sadly two of the four of them are currently vacant. … Continue reading

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Niemeyer Merry-Go-Round, Los Angeles, CA

An interesting building at 8760 Sunset Boulevard, now a music studio founded by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh. It was designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, of Brasilia fame among other things, as something called Dr. Robert Allen Franklin’s Beauty Pavilion.

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Mid-Century in Vernon, CA

The strange town of Vernon, CA, south of downtown LA consists of stockyards, power plants, many other industrial sites and only 90 or so residents. In the middle of all of this lies La Villa Basque restaurant at 2801 Leonis … Continue reading

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