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1950s

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Beth Chayim Chadashim

Beth Chayim Chadashim was the first LGBTQ synagogue in the world.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Blaisdell Medical Building

With its emphasis on integrated landscaping and large expanses of glass, Blaisdell cemented the architect's signature style of making even commercial properties feel warm and down to earth.
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Boat Houses

These miniscule (by today's standards) homes are clad in warm wood with angled ceilings, built-in furniture and glass facades giving Harry Gesner's "boat houses" their name.
Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Bob Mizer Residence and Studio

Photographer Bob Mizer founded one of the first erotic art publications from his studio and home in Pico-Union in the 1940s.
Photo by John Eng

Bob's Big Boy Broiler

When it opened in 1958, Harvey's Broiler was the largest drive-in restaurant in Southern California and soon became the hub of the 1950s cruising culture.
Brunswick Sands Bowl interior
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Brunswick Sands Bowl

The Sands Bowl's Googie-esque, Egyptian-themed design is a great example of a bowling center in the "California style," with cocktail lounge, sunken dining room, and exotic decor.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Cafetales

One of the finest of Inglewood's storied Mid-Century Modern classics and a stellar example of playful Googie-style coffee shops.

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