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California Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 8)

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Fredericks Realty
Carson, CA
parking garage
Encino, CA
There was a Fredericks Realty office at this address in 1963. I assume that was this building's original tenant. The building now houses Foot Expertz. [map]

This parking garage screen is located at the rear of the Ventura Woodley Building which was built in 1969. [map]

California Visitors' Center
Olympic Valley, CA
The California Visitors' Center was built in 1960 for the Winter Olympics. The building now houses the Members Locker Room at the Squaw Valley ski resort. In 2012, there was talk of demolishing the building. However, that threat seems to have passed. These photos are from 2014. [map]

Romantic Adventures
South Lake Tahoe, CA
The Romantic Adventures adult store building appears to be from the 1960s. Does anyone know what was here originally? The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2014. By 2016, the building was housing Crimson Moon Intuitive Arts. [map]

Frontier Inn Motel & Restaurant
Susanville, CA
The Frontier Inn Motel & Restaurant was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. It is now known as the Budget Host Frontier Inn. The photo on the left is the former restaurant building. For more, see this website. [map]

Roy's Motel & Cafe
Amboy, CA

Roy's
Barstow, CA
The Roy's Motel & Cafe complex in Amboy started as a gas station in 1938. It expanded into a cafe and motel in the 1940s and 1950s. This sign was built in 1956. This motel lobby building and neon sign shown above were built in 1959. With the opening of I-40 in 1972, business declined dramatically. The entire town was even put up for sale on eBay in 2003. It did not find a buyer. In 2005, Albert Okura, the owner of the Juan Pollo fried chicken chain, bought the property. The complex is gradually being restored. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Roy's sign in Barstow simulates the Amboy sign. It is installed at a former Arby's restaurant. The sign was installed in recent years when the restaurant became a Juan Pollo location. The restaurant is now closed. [map]

Recreation & Community Services Senior Center
Hawthorne, CA
The Recreation & Community Services Senior Center was probably built in the 1960s. [map]

City Hall
Fullerton, CA
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Van Nuys, CA
The Fullerton City Hall was built in 1963. It was designed by Smith, Powell & Morgridge. [map]

The Valley Presbyterian Hospital was designed by William Pereira and Charles Luckman. It was built in 1958. The buildings have been significantly remodeled since then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

unidentified building
Los Banos, CA
This unidentified building housed a psychic in 2016. The building appeared to be vacant in 2017 when this photo was taken. I have no idea what it housed originally. It appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Ridge Building
Fresno, CA
The Ridge Building is decorated with sculpture and fountains from Stan Bitters. He designed this exterior in 1968. [map]

Duncan Ceramic Products
Fresno, CA
The sign and exterior sculpture at Duncan Ceramic Products was created by Stan Bitters in 1969. Bitters also designed some of the fountains at the Fresno Fulton Mall. For more, see this website. [map]

Compton City Hall & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Compton, CA
Compton City Hall was designed by Harold L. Williams and built in 1976. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was built in 1978, next to City Hall. The Memorial was originally designed as a fountain with a spout of water shooting through the ring at the top. [map]

Alta Dena Drive-Thru Dairy
Compton, CA

Alta Dena Drive-Thru Dairy
Orange, CA
former Alta Dena
Drive-Thru Dairy
Bell Gardens, CA

Alta Dena Drive-Thru Dairy
Pomona, CA
former Alta Dena Drive-Thru Dairy
La Mirada, CA

Alta Dena Drive-Thru Dairy
Glendora, CA

Alta Dena Drive-Thru Dairy
La Caņada Flintridge, CA
The Alta Dena Dairy was founded in 1945. The company's first drive-through dairy store opened in 1951. I believe the drive-thru stores shown here were built in the 1960s. There are still an estimated 100 locations left. However, except for the ones shown here, most of them are pretty bland boxy buildings. If you know of any other interesting locations, please let me know. [Compton map]; [Orange map]; [Pomona map]; [Glendora map]; [La Caņada Flintridge map]

This sign in Bell Gardens appears to have been built as an A-shaped Alta Dena Dairy sign. However, the Rockview Farms panel appears to be vintage. There was also one of the farm-like buildings in Downey, CA which operated as a Rockview Farms. I don't know what the relationship was between the two companies. [map]

The La Mirada location now houses an auto repair business. [map]

Dutch Mill
Lakewood, CA
Crystal Water Mart
Alhambra, CA
As far as I know, this is the only Dutch Mill Dairy location. A small sign near the entrance makes me suspect it was built as an Alta Dena store. This photo is from 2013. Around 2015, the building's roof was painted red. [map]

The Crystal Water Mart may also have been built as an Alta Dena store. [map]

More Alta Dena Dairy Stores:
Newhall [map]

Rockview Dairy
West Covina, CA
This Rockview Dairy has been Touhey's Drive-thru Dairy since around 1970. [map]

Rockview Dairy
Whittier, CA
This Rockview Dairy features a barn-like building, vintage sign, and fiberglass cow. It was built in 1964 and is known as store #36. [map]

More California Mid-Century Modern Buildings:
A Frame Expresso (Fort Bragg)
Fender Guitars Factory (Fullerton) [gone]
A-Frame Liquor (Mammoth Lakes)
Kittredge Sports (Mammoth Lakes)
Mammoth Mountain Inn (Mammoth Lakes)
Stanford University Hospital (Palo Alto) [gone]
Downtown Center Parking Garage (San Francisco)
Transamerica Pyramid (San Francisco)
Sears (San Rafael)
Coffee Tree (Vacaville) [gone]
restaurant (Yermo) [gone]