I came across a cool site this morning after reading an article in the L.A. Times. It’s a site that celebrates that 50’s and 60’s, Atomic Age style, architecture which apparently is called Googie architecture. Most people probably don’t know that I was born in Southern California and lived in the L.A. area for most of my childhood. Even after moving to NorCal, we visited SoCal often to visit relatives, so I’ve spent a lot of time down there.
As a little kid, I was always fascinated by the future and technology, and SoCal back then just seemed to be bustling with futuristic buildings. Heck, Disneyland was there! It doesn’t get any cooler than that does it? But I remember things like Automats, and drive-up restaurants with car-hops, the Astro Motel and I particularly loved modern diners like Bob’s Big Boy and Sambo’s. Ahh, those were good ol’ days.
So as I started surfing I was amazed at how many sites there are dedicated to Googie architecture. I’m also kind of amazed at how much of this architecture lives on here in Fresno. I’m thinking it would be a cool art project for me and my kid to drive around Fresno and take photos of these buildings. Stay tuned for that. In the mean time, here’s some links to my childhood memories…. enjoy!