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1950s

McDonald's Hamburgers
Photo from Conservancy archives

McDonald's Hamburgers

A Googie-style building designed to reveal the restaurant's innovative food preparation techniques, it is the oldest surviving McDonald's restaurant still in operation.
Mel's
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Mel's

A great example of Louis Armet and Eldon Davis early Googie designs, showing their use of angled rooflines, dramatic signage, and other space-age elements that would become even more angled and dramatic in their later work.
Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Metropolitan Community Church

The Metropolitan Community Church provided LGBTQ Christians and other religious groups with a safe and inclusive place for worship.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Mission Hills Bowl

Designed by Martin Stern, Jr., a proponent of Googie style architecture, Mission Hills Bowl is a rare surviving example of a postwar bowling alley.
Photo by Stephen Russo

Moore House (Demolished)

A striking example of modernism in a city dominated by Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean Revival homes, the design was nearly rejected by Palos Verdes Estates.
Morris Studio
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Morris Studio

The perfect melding of industrial engineering principles and the more organic, subtle concepts of space and flow. Few Modern designs can match it for sheer dynamism and charisma.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Nelson Houses

With their simple Mid-Century Modern lines and their breathtaking views, the Nelson Houses are a rare work by one of very few female modernists to gain acclaim in postwar L.A.

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