Johnie's Coffee Shop

Johnie's Coffee Shop

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Johnie's Coffee Shop is a former coffeeshop and well known example of Googie architecture located on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Architects Louis Armet and Eldon Davis designed the building, contributing to their reputation as the premier designers of Space Age or Googie coffee shops including the landmark Pann's coffee shop in Ladera Heights, Norms Restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard, and several Bob's Big Boy restaurants. Johnie's opened in 1955 as Romeo's Times Square. Romeo's was in business a few years, becoming Ram's in the early '60s, and Johnie's not long after. Johnie's (originally "Romeo's") is spelled in massive neon lights on the building's striped roof. The roof sits on rock columns, sloping down toward the back of the restaurant, ending in a sharp decline, that gives the illusion of movement like a spaceship ready to take off. Alan Hess, author of two books on Googie architecture, said, "Johnie's, and the style it represents, tells us as much about that period in L.A. history as the bungalows of Pasadena told us about the 1900s or the missions told us about 19th century Southern California."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 245g
  • Fec Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136503743
  • 9786136503745