Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ATOMIC GOOGIE ARCHITECTURE FOR EATS!

ALL FROM THE 1950'S & STARTING WITH THE FIRST BUILDING, THIS WAS A PLACE CALLED THE PIGSTAND IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. THE SUNBELT'S PIGSTAND FIRST BUILT ON THE DALLAS-FT.WORTH ROAD IN TEXAS IN 1921, IS OFTEN CONSIDERED ONE OF THE FIRST, FOLLOWED BY A SERIES OF OTHER DRIVE-INS THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH AND INTO CALIFORNIA. BY 1931 THE PIG STANDS IN LOS ANGELES AND ELSEWHERE, AS WELL AS CARPENTER'S SANDWICHES AND OTHER DRIVE-IN CHAINS, HAD ADOPTED AN OCTAGONAL FORM FOR THEIR ONE-STORY BUILDINGS, WHICH WERE SET IN THE CENTER OF EMPTY CORNER LOTS. THE CONFIGURATION ALLOWED MORE CARS TO PARK CLOSE TO THE BULDING, MAKING SERVICE EASIER AND ATTRACTING MORE CUSTOMERS. THE EXPLODING NUMBER OF DRIVE-INS SHOWED THAT THEY HAD STRUCK A CHORD WITH THE CAR-MOBILE LIFESTYLES OF AMERICANS; APPEARANCES IN MOVIES AND GOSSIP COLUMN ITEMS ABOUT STARS FREQUENTING THE PIG STAND OR CARPENTER'S IN HOLLYWOOD'S HEART AT SUNSET AND VINE HELPED TO POPULARIZE THE FORM.

PHOTO #2 WAS A DRIVE INN RESTAURANT CALLED HERBERT'S ARCHITECTURALLY DESIGNED BY WAYNE MCALLISTER HIMSELF. COMMERCIAL VERNACULAR BUILDINGS LIKE HERBERT'S RESPONDED TO THE DEMANDS OF THE NEW MACHINE AGE AND THE CAR ATLEAST AS IMAGINATIVELY AS MANY BETTER KNOWN MODERN BUILDINGS. THE CIRCULAR PLAN AND NEON PLYON WERE TAILORED TO THE CAR CUSTOMER.

#3 WAS THE SPACE AGE RESTAURANT,

#4 WAS THE EVER SO POPULAR "THE WICH STAND" WHICH STILL TO THIS DAY IS REMEMBERED AS THE NOSTALGIC RESTAURANT CHAIN IN WHICH THEY STARTED OUT IN THE 1930'S AS DRIVE-INS, AND THEN IN THE GLORIOUS 1950'S WERE TURNED INTO COFFEE SHOPS. YOU COULD STOP FOR THE DRIVE-IN, COFFEE, DINING ROOM, OR COCKTAILS.

#5 WAS ANOTHER GREAT DRIVE IN FOR BURGERS & FRIES, SODAS & SHAKES.... TO ALSO INCLUDE SOCIAL GATHERINGS.







5 comments:

Keith said...

Hey Terri! Pallie, these are some really cool pictures. I love all of them. I would really dig having a chance to chill out and eat at one of these awesome joints. Thanks for the info you posted about them. Hope you've been having an awesome weekend. Cheers! Keith

DINO-GAL said...

THANKS PALLIE KEITH ON YOUR COMMENTS HERE AT THE ATOMIC BLOG. I'M GLAD YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE POSTS. I REALLY WISH WE WERE LIVING IN THESE TIMES. OUR LIVES WOULD BE SO SIMPLE...AND YET SO JET SET COOL!

Robert M. Lindsey said...

Those are some cool round buildings. Nice blog.

Retro Hound

alhambra_moors_cheer_dad said...

I was looking at the photos of the "googie" style restaurants (especially photo #4). When I was growing up in what is now called "the hood" of south-central L. A. I would sometimes tag along with my older sister when she and her friends would go to "The Wich Stand". We usually went to one located at Florance and Figuroa but sometimes we would travel farther to the one near Slauson and Overhill. We also used to go to a chain of drive-in restautants called Schrivner's. A local DJ named Art Laboe used to broadcast dedications on the radio live from the cars. There was one at Western and Imperial and another on Manchester between Crenshaw and Prarie near Inglewood. One question: back in the 1950's before the sports arena was built, was there a Bob's Big Boy at Figuroa and what used to be Santa Barbara Ave. (now King Blvd.)?

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