People + Places: Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings of Armet Davis Newlove
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
12 - 1:00 p.m.
Meet authors Michael Murphy and Alan Hess and hear about their new book, Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings of Armet Davis Newlove! The book takes readers inside the private archives of Armet Davis Newlove, the forward-thinking trio dubbed the "fathers of Googie.”
Armet Davis Newlove’s futuristic designs for coffee shops and restaurants made Mid-Century dining out a space-age experience, just as man was ready to walk on the moon. Armet Davis Newlove’s architecture captured the optimistic mood in post-war America and set the bar for what would evolve into Mid-Century Modern style. Their work not only inspires artists, writers, and filmmakers, but also the public at large.
Googie Modern, conceived, curated, and designed by Michael Murphy, is a feast of Mid-Century Modern design. Each remarkable rendering demonstrates the passion and precision that went into every Armet Davis Newlove creation. Googie Modern is itself a monument to the excitement and optimism that once lined the streets of mid-century America. And today, Googie is not just a piece of restaurant history, Googie is of Los Angeles's architectural history.
Michael Murphy, Author
Michael Murphy is a former agency creative turned independent designer and real-estate entrepreneur. He met Victor Newlove and viewed his first Googie renderings when he was still in junior high, and those images were locked in his brain. They would eventually define his passion: Googie Modern. Prior to creating this book, Murphy designed Vedem Underground, an exhibition that Smithsonian magazine hailed as one of the ten “Don’t Miss…” exhibits of 2017/2018. Murphy curated and designed two exhibitions with companion books about Santa Monica, and the book Los Angeles: A Look Back to Postcards of the 1930s & 1940s from Today with his colleague, photographer Jens Lucking.
Alan Hess, Contributor
Alan Hess is the author of twenty books on Modern architecture including the landmark Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture in 1985. He serves on the boards of California Historical Resources Commission, Preserve Orange County, and Palm Springs Modernism Week, and has helped achieve landmark status for buildings including CBS Television City, Bullock’s Pasadena, Norm’s La Cienega, and the nation’s oldest McDonald’s stand. He has received the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Honor Award, Docomomo/US’s Award of Excellence, and the Los Angeles Conservancy’s President’s Award.
Victor Newlove, Architect
A native of Santa Monica, Victor Newlove joined Armet Davis Architects in 1963 while still in college and became partner in 1972 after having worked for Thornton Abel FAIA, Jones and Emmons and Burnett Turner FIA. He is a licensed architect in the State of California and in fourteen other states. Newlove has been the architect of record on over 2,000 public and private sector architectural projects.
Adrian Scott Fine
Senior Director of Advocacy
Los Angeles Conservancy