California Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 1)

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Sacramento Zoo
Sacramento, CA
The Sacramento Zoo entrance features three parabolic roofed structures. It was built in 1961. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former MacFarlane's Candies
Sacramento, CA


The MacFarlane's Candies building was built in 1964. The building was designed by Walter Landor & Associates. The design was first used for the MacFarlane's store in San Francisco. That building is gone now. In 2008, the building housed the Hot Java Cafe. Since 2009, the Mahoroba Bakery has been the building's occupant. [map]

Stockton, CA
Sacramento, CA
This Macy's store in Stockton was built in 1964. [map]

This Macy's store in Sacramento was built in 1963. It has always been a Macy's. [map]

Bode & Bode Lock & Safe
Sacramento, CA
The Bode & Bode Lock & Safe building was built in 1960. [map]

South Hills Shopping Center
Sacramento, CA
The South Hills Shopping Center was designed by William Koblik and built in 1960. The post office building shown at the lower right originally housed a Safeway. The building has housed the post office since 1970. The building on the right in the top photo was designed by Sooky Lee and built in 1968 as a Jumbo Market. It later housed a Vic's Market. That business closed around 2016 and the building was still vacant in 2017. [map]

medical office building
Sacramento, CA
The medical office building was built in 1963. It is now used as retail and office space. [map]

Southgate Mobile Estates
Sacramento, CA
The Southgate Mobile Estates, a mobile home park, was built in 1969. The biggest structure on the property is the Clubhouse which is shown in the bottom row above. [map]

Iva Garden Shepard Garden & Arts Center
Sacramento, CA
The Iva Garden Shepard Garden & Arts Center was designed by Raymond Franceschi and built in 1958. For more, see this website. [map]

former Fotomat
Anaheim, CA
former Fotomat
Maywood, CA
former Fotomat
San Francisco, CA
former Fotomat
Redding, CA
coffee kiosk
San Diego, CA
former Fotomat
Oakdale, CA
former Fotomat
Covina, CA
former CLIC Photo
Joshua Tree, CA
Fotomat was a drive-thru photo developing chain founded in San Diego, CA in the 1960s. Their kiosks were located in shopping center parking lots. By 1980, there were over 4,000 locations nationwide. The original buildings had gold roofs. With the invention of one-hour developing, Fotomat's one-day service became obsolete. They began selling off their kiosks in the mid-1980s. There are still many examples of adaptive reuse of these buildings across the country.

This former Fotomat kiosk in Anaheim is now home to Euclid Lock & Key. [map]

This former Fotomat kiosk in Maywood now houses a jewelry repair shop. [map]

This former Fotomat in San Francisco now houses Golden Gate Tours & Bike Rentals. This kiosk has been spruced up since 2009. I have no idea if this kiosk was always here but there was another booth in San Francisco. [map]

This former Fotomat in Redding has housed the Deli & Greek Shack since 2011. [map]

This coffee kiosk building in San Diego was probably never a Fotomat. The roof has a different design and doesn't flare out as much. It also doesn't have the unique concrete flower planter on the island. It was most likely a 1960s copycat building, of which there were many across the country. [map]

This former Fotomat building in Oakdale was vacant when this photo was taken in 2017. It was housing a coffee stand in 2011 and 2012. The building has been vacant since around 2014. [map]

This former Fotomat building in Covina has been expanded and now houses a psychic. [map]

For more about Fotomats, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

I believe this structure in Joshua Tree originally housed a CLIC Photo. It appears to be from the 1960s or 1970s. There is an identical booth like this one in Sandell, TX. There was another one of these booths in Clovis, NM which might indicate that these booths were all over the Southwest. This booth was previously located in Yucca Valley, CA. The previous owner said there were lots of these booths around Southern California. Around 2006, the owner of Art Queen purchased the booth and moved it to the back of the property. It was later painted lime green and now houses the Crochet Museum. It had previously been painted brown and beige. [map]

parking garage
Fresno, CA
This parking garage was built in 1969. It is also known as the Spiral Garage. There are similar spiral parking structures in St. Louis, MO, Rochester, NY, Chicago, IL, and Switzerland. These structures may have been inspired by New York City's Guggenheim Museum which was built in 1959. [map]

Newport Beach, CA
2006: 2013:
This Bloomingdale's was built in 1967 as a Broadway department store. It became a Bloomingdale's store in 1996. The building was designed by Welton Becket. The metal screens were added to the building during a 2013 remodeling. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [2006 photo thanks Tyler Norman] [map]

Stuft Shirt Restaurant
Newport Beach, CA
The Stuft Shirt Restaurant was designed by Ladd & Kelsey and built in 1961. The building housed Windows on the Bay from the mid-1990s until around 2000. It remained vacant after that. Since 2011, the building has housed A'maree's, a women's clothing store. In 2018, it was announced that the building will most likely be demolished for a new development. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

South Bay Art Department
Hermosa Beach, CA
Shorewood Realtors
Manhattan Beach, CA
The building now housing the South Bay Art Department was constructed in 1963. It previously housed the King's Gallery, a picture framing store. I don't know if that was the original tenant. [map]

The Shorewood Realtors building was built in 1964. The sign was probably built at the same time. Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

Chalet Liquor
Huntington Beach, CA
The Chalet Liquor building appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

Seal Beach Liquor
Seal Beach, CA
Seal Beach Liquor appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The sign's neon is missing now. [map]

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
The Anaheim Convention Center was built in 1967. There have been additions and remodeling over the years. However, the building remains basically unchanged externally. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]