Mel's | Los Angeles Conservancy
Mel's
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Architects Louis Armet and Eldon Davis are renowned for their perfection of the Googie style, representing the very best of Mid-Century Modern roadside design. Kerry's Coffee Shop (now Mel's) in Sherman Oaks is a great example of their 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 later work like Norms La Cienega and the Holiday Bowl.

Completed in 1953 and originally occupied by Dyle's Restaurant, owned by Michael Konjoyan, the building soon changed hands to become Kerry's and operated under that name for many years. Its front façade has been altered, with stucco and faux-retro neon signage covering a series of vertical posts that once ran up and past the roofline. But the overall roof shape is intact, and splendidly apparent from the side—it tilts upward toward the street to shelter the dining area, which is exposed by wraparound picture windows. Inside, the building retains its original terrazzo floors and overall layout centered on a large, L-shaped dining counter.

This Armet & Davis classic is one of very few surviving Googie coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley and a great early example of the style.

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.
Wilshire Terrace Co-Op
Photo by Larry Underhill

Wilshire Terrace Co-Op

Marking a new era in Wilshire Boulevard development, Wilshire Terrace Co-Op was designed to put the single-family "California way of living" into a high-rise context.
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.