LAX Encounter Restaurant
Formerly the Theme Building
Los Angeles, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Do you remember the space age buildings of a few decades ago, back when
the space program captured the attention of millions and optimism was
at an all time high? Well, like everything else these days, times have
changed and most of the great buildings from the 50's and 60's have disappeared
off the roadside landscape.
Skydome in Northern Arizona Photo courtesy Tony Craig
In its place is exotic
"strip mall architecture" with boxlike shapes and rectangular
signage promoting the building and facilities within. Here at Roadside
Peek's Googie Architecture, see the commercial landscape as it once
was... a field of dreams and optimism... back when the consensus was
that "anything and everything was possible."
Nogales Border Crossing
Nogales, Mexico Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The parabolic shapes and arches that typify this space age architecture
were once found throughout the states.
Santa Cruz Boardwalk Photo courtesy Mark Hackett
Out on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a gaming joint complete with multiple
Biff's Coffee Shop
Oakland, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Here's the former Biff's Coffee Shop in Oakland, CA. This roundish googie
building was recently saved by a Save Biff's foundation.
When you think of Googie and space age, how much more mid-century futuristic
can you get than the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center in Seattle,
Space Needle Photo courtesy Louis Di Fazio
Pacific Science Center
Seattle, WA Photo courtesy Louis Di Fazio
These remaining structures from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair depict
a much more optimistic time in America's past. The Space Needle stands tall and the googie structures to the right are still at the Pacific Science Center in Downtown Seattle.
Norm's Restaurant Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Coffee shops with their boomerang shapes and large glass windows also
typified the mid-century era. These so called "googie" restaurants
were as known for their exotic angles and sense of space as they were
for their food.