California Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 1)

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Roy's Motel & Cafe
Amboy, CA



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. In 2019, the Roy's Motel & Cafe sign, which had not been lit since the 1980s, was restored. For more, see this website. [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. It is now known as Roy's Cafe. [map]

Ambrosia Indian Bistro

Lee's Carpet Outlet
Bellflower, CA
2012: 2020:
The Lee's Carpet Outlet building may have been constructed in 1955. It may have housed a florist originally. This photo is from 2012. By 2017, the business had closed and the property was surrounded by chain link fencing. By 2019, the building was housing Tacos El Fogon. [map]

Del Angel Funeral Home
Bellflower, CA
The Del Angel Funeral Home, also known as the Funeraria del Angel, was built in 1954. [map]

former Berkeley Art Museum
Berkeley, CA
The Berkeley Art Museum was designed by Mario Ciampi and built in 1970. The Museum closed in 2015 and will reopen at a new location in 2016. The building now houses the Bakar Bioenginuity Hub. For more, see this website. [map]

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