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Programmatic

Photo from L.A. Conservancy archives

Angel Food Donuts Sign

This giant donut has tempted passing motorists for more than fifty years.
Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

Brown Derby Dome

An iconic example of the roadside vernacular architecture that was especially popular in California and designed to capture the attention of passing motorists, the flagship location of the Brown Derby was actually built in the shape of a hat.
Chez Jay photo
Photo courtesy Jay Fiondella Family Trust

Chez Jay

A nautical-themed steak house and bar with room for only about ten tables opened in 1959.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Fleetwood Center

A strip mall renowned for its Cadillac facade has never been home to a Cadillac-related business, let alone a dealership.
Photo by Sue Hwang

Formosa Café

The Formosa Café is currently undergoing rehabilitation and will reopen in 2018.
Photo by Michael Locke

Randy's Donuts

Randy’s Donuts is one of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmarks and represents the postwar optimism and whimsy of the city in a way few other places can.
Image courtesy Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

The Tamale

A rare remaining example of programmatic architecture, The Tamale was designed to advertise its products to passing motorists.