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Mid-Century Architecture Northern California

 

Biff's Coffee Shop (Demolished)
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 it was open, the 24 hour coffee shop was well known and frequented by locals looking for a cup of coffee and some good eats.

Biff's was designed by the famed architecture firm of Armet & Davis back in 1963. The coffee shop was built by Standard Oil in combination with a gas station and features a round eye-catching "googie" building. Chevron had plans to demolish the building in 1997 in its incarnation as JJ's Diner, but Biff's was saved due to public outcry and was designated by the Oakland Landmarks Advisory Board as a historic resource.

 

UPDATE 11/16 : The final days for the former Biff's came on October 31, 2016 when the googie establishment met the wrecking ball. The developer plans to build condos on the site. Is this considered progress? 11-16

 

See more Googie treasures at Roadside Peek's Spotlight on Googie Architecture

 

 

Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Out on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a gaming joint complete with multiple googie fins. The park was founded in 1907, the boardwalk is known as California's oldest current amusement park.

 

See more Googie treasures at Roadside Peek's Spotlight on Googie Architecture

 

 

Bank
Ukiah, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a Bank in Ukiah that looks like a saucer that's about to fly away with your money. And now, for tomorrow's joke...

 

 

 

Country Club Lanes
Sacramento, CA
Photo courtesy John Flores

Here's the Country Club Lanes in Sacramento, CA. This bowling alley is part of the Country Club Centre which is on Watt Ave. and has a bowling alley, hofbrau, pool hall, Tower Records, and other shops. The bowling alley has that space age look to it. The alley is open 24 hours a day and features a live DJ and glow-in-the-dark bowling 7 days a week, becoming a fun and available stop. 11-05

 

For more photos and info, see Roadside Peek's Spotlight on the Country Club Lanes.

 

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