Monthly Archives: May 2010

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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Various LA Banks, Los Angeles, CA

Here are a few mid-century banks from across Los Angeles. Thanks to AR for the information. Santa Monica Bank Pico Branch (1956-1957) – 3304 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica Chase Bank (1955-1964)- 4401 Crenshaw Boulevard, Leimert Park Equitable Savings (1966) – … Continue reading

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Former Ambassador College in Pasadena: Part Two

In Pasadena on the former Ambassador College campus down the hill from the empty Science and Fine Arts Buildings lay several more mid-century structures. Halfway down W. Green Street at 300 is the empty Hall of Administration from 1968. This … Continue reading

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Mundane in LA Part Three: Even More Office Buildings, CA

Crescent Professional Building, 8105 W. Third Street, 1959. Designed by Richard Neutra in a restrained and contemporary style. 8222-8224 Melrose Avenue at corner of N. Harper Avenue, 1961. 8275-8277 Melrose Avenue at corner of N. Sweetzer Avenue, 1963. 8060 Melrose … Continue reading

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More Pasadena Modern, CA

570-572 E. Green Street at corner of S. Madison Avenue, 1962. 100 W. Green Street at corner of S. De Lacey Avenue, originally Friend Paper Company, Smith & Williams architects, 1965. Portofino Building, 1245 E. Walnut Street at corner of … Continue reading

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Abandoned Modern in LA: Santa Barbara Plaza

On my way to photograph a mid-century bank in Leimert Park, I passed this row of mid-century commercial buildings on W. Martin Luther King Boulevard between Buckingham Road and Marlton Avenue. Most of them seem to lay within a semi-abandoned … Continue reading

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