Celebrate Modernism in Los Angeles

Discover authentic Mid-Century masterpieces in L.A.

Stahl House
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For architecture geeks and scholars, Los Angeles is a mecca for Modernism. From iconic residences to stunning public buildings, discover Mid-Century masterpieces in L.A.

Jim Meskimen Revisits Hanna Barbera Studios

For Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers, the name “Hanna-Barbera” brings up childhood memories of Saturday mornings watching beloved cartoons like The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs. Founded in 1957 by former MGM animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (the creators of Tom and Jerry), the Hanna-Barbera Studio moved into its Mid-Century building at 3400 W. Cahuenga in 1963. Designed by architect Arthur Froehlich, the building now houses an L.A. Fitness location, so Modernism fans can get their Saturday morning workout in the place where cartoon history was created.

Brolly Hut

Brolly Hut in Inglewood
Brolly Hut | Instagram by @tigrefino

Brolly Hut is a recently recognized, umbrella-themed eatery designed by Victor Miller. Opened in 1968 as the Bumbershoot Café and thankfully still standing, Brolly Hut is another unique example of L.A.’s disappearing programmatic architecture – the umbrella shaped pavilion shelters quirky original light fixtures and still serves a mean onion ring. The uplifting hand lettered signage is worth a visit alone. Bonus points for being one of Ice Cube’s favorite buildings in Inglewood.

Wayfarers Chapel

Wayfarers Chapel
Photo courtesy of Wayfarers Chapel

The exquisite Wayfarers Chapel (aka “The Glass Church”) is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, situated on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Architect Lloyd Wright, son of the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, conceived of Wayfarers Chapel as a “tree chapel,” a natural sanctuary set in the middle of a forest. Lloyd Wright’s design is regarded as one of the foremost examples of Organic Architecture, which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world. A popular wedding venue because of its spectacular design and location, the Wayfarers Chapel was featured prominently on “The O.C.” and appeared in other TV series like “90210.”

Covina Bowl

One of the most “exuberant” and sadly, last remaining Googie bowling alleys in Southern California, this gorgeous, weirdo Tiki/Egyptian inspired A-frame was built in 1956 during the heyday of bowling leagues and cocktail hours. Covina Bowl was designed in 1956 by Powers, Daly, & DeRosa, the architecture firm that was responsible for almost 50 other lavish bowling alleys in California, now mostly destroyed. In 2016, Covina Bowl was nominated for national historic monument status and other protections before closing its doors for good, in March 2017. Support the Friends of Covina Bowl to preserve this piece of unique SoCal history.

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