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Photo by Lauren Everett/L.A. Conservancy staff.

Japanese American Commercial Village Buildings

This row of modest commercial buildings is the last vestige of a Japanese fishing village and commercial district that thrived on Terminal Island before World War II.
Lakewood Center
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Lakewood Center

Upon its official opening in 1952, Lakewood Center became a well-known shopping destination touted for its ultramodern style and easy automobile access.
Lingenbrink Shops
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Lingenbrink Shops

Its modern bones still apparent under new signage and canopies, this small shopping complex prefigured the now-common typology of the strip mall.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Ralphs Market

The front façade of this market building by R. Leon Edgar features a combined roof and walls of smooth concrete, bending up from the ground to flatten out and shelter the building.
Photo by Trudi Sandmeier

Sears Santa Monica

Marking commercial development's shift in focus from pedestrian traffic to automobile centers, Sears Santa Monica is a rare and intact example of Late Moderne style and captures the era's feeling of optimism and growth.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Super A Foods Market

Mid-century grocery markets like this one are becoming increasingly rare.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Vicente Foods

In an age of frequent corporate overhauls of big box grocery stores, a rare time capsule of its era and an archetype of Mid-Century Modern supermarkets if there ever was one.

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