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Brown Derby Dome

The success of the first Brown Derby restaurant at 3427 Wilshire Boulevard, originally constructed in 1926, led to its relocation and expansion half a block east to 3377 Wilshire in 1937. The famous hat-shaped dome was reconstructed at the corner of Wilshire and Alexandria with expanded dining space and an open-air patio.

It was an iconic example of the roadside vernacular architecture that was especially popular in California. Whimsical in nature, roadside vernacular buildings were designed to capture the attention of passing motorists. While the Brown Derby restaurant business eventually expanded to include several locations, this was the only location actually built in the shape of a hat.

Photo by Tony Hoffarth on Flickr

Chips

With its exaggerated rooflines, tall windows, and eye-catching signage, this quintessential Googie coffee shop, in continuous operation since its opening, was designed by Taliesin-trained Harry Harrison.
Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Crossroads of the World

Completed in 1936, Crossroads of the World was one of the first outdoor shopping centers in the country.