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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.

The Theme Building was built in 1961 and designed by the well known firm Pereira and Luckman. This mid-century structure is an eye-catcher for those that arrive and depart the Los Angeles International Airport or LAX.

 

UPDATE 04/14 : The Encounter Restaurant portion of the building closed in December 2013 due to slowing business. 04-14

 

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

 

 

Imagine attending a conference at a space port. Something out of an old Jetsons script? No. Still found in Anaheim, California is the Anaheim Convention Center with it's space age look paying tribute to the Disneyland Tomorrowland that once was. Nearby is the Westcoast Anaheim parking port looking like it's about to blast off.

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Anaheim Convention Center sports a space-age looking structure, a cross between a Martian hat and a War of the Worlds imaginary visitor.

 

 

Anaheim Convention Center Marquee
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The marquee outside also looks like some sort of space teleport. This type of space age architecture is now becoming increasingly rare.

 

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

 

 

Stovall's Inn
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Stovall's Inn features a swimming pool out back that looks like it came from the dark side of the moon. Check out the odd looking spaceport.

 

See more Googie treasures at Roadside Peek's Spotlight on Orange County Googie.

 

 

Parkside Inn
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Parkside Inn features a boomerang overhang to its entrance port.

 

See more Googie treasures at Roadside Peek's Spotlight on Orange County Googie.

 

 

Westcoast Anaheim
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Westcoast Anaheim car port is another survivor of the futuristic shells that used to populate the area around Disneyland.

 

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