Zucky's | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Founded by brothers Hy and Fred Altman along with Hy's wife, Wolfine Zucky, Zucky's Restaurant exemplified the space-age Googie style that proliferated after World War II, particularly for Southern California coffee shops.

Floor-to-ceiling plate glass walls, natural rock, glazed tile, and angled canopies supported an integrated sign pylon that advertised the business with a sweeping, backlit plastic, neon Zucky's logo.

Residents fondly recall visiting Zucky's, one of the few Santa Monica coffee shops that were open 24 hours a day.

As of 2005, the long-shuttered eatery was slated for commmercial conversion, while its 1962 signage was declared a city landmark. The building currently houses a bank.

Photo courtesy Gensler-Ryan Gobuty

Herald Examiner Building

Julia Morgan, the first licensed female architect in California, designed this Mission Revival style building to house the operations of William Randolph Hearst's newspaper, the Los Angeles Examiner.
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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.
Car Wash
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Car Wash

Originally known as the Auto Laundry, this Googie-style Ventura Boulevard gem is one of few that retains its spectacular original details that unmistakably advertise it as a car wash.