Chez Jay | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

Chez Jay

Chez Jay opened in 1959 as a nautical-themed bar/steak house on a small scale, with room for only about ten tables. 

It was made famous for its fifty-year association with adventurer and raconteur Jay Fiondella and for its legacy as a combination dive bar and celebrity hangout during the same period. It quickly became a popular spot for celebrities, as longtime owner Fiondella banned cameras and autograph seekers. 

Chez Jay operated for many years on Jay’s behalf by his widowed mother (who died in 1991) and, since the late 1970s, by co-owner Michael Anderson. Under Anderson’s management and co-ownership with Jay’s daughter, Anita Fiondella Eck, it continues to serve as an important anchor of Santa Monica’s history.

La Villa Basque
Photo by Larry Underhill

La Villa Basque

A unique landmark in the industrial city of Vernon for over half a century, its unique hybrid of coffee shop, lounge, fine dining establishment, and event space served everyone from truck drivers to wedding parties.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Times Mirror Square

Developed between the 1930s and 1970s, Times Mirror Square reflects the twentieth century growth of Los Angeles' Civic Center.
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.