Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture
by Alan Hess
The euphoria about the future that followed World War II permeated the outlooks of architects, who, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and with ready access to remarkable new construction material and building techniques spawned by the war technologies, faced the intriguing prospect of redesigning the post war world. Initially the futuristic designs were outrageous, and detr...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 1st 1986 by Chronicle Books (CA)
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I visited Palm Springs, California last year for a friend's wedding, and have had a long-distance affair with Googie architecture since. It is distinctly and proudly California, and rankes against common sense. It is also charming, reminiscent of the optimism of the jet age. You still see it expressed in newer buildings, but the real gems are the relics left over from the 50's and 60's that still dot the state, with special concentrations in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Hess' book is an informa...more