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When the Jetsons ruled the Earth...
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Cars with jet-like tailfins zoomed past giant tiki gods, rockets and flying saucers on their way to Disneyland. In some ways, the Space Age, or Googie, architecture and design surrounding the park blurred the line between the Magic Kingdom and the real world.

The Space Age Inn, Satellite Shopland and the ultra-modern Bob's Big Boy restaurant were like extensions of the promise of Disney's Tomorrowland. Likewise, a giant tiki with glowing eyes standing before the Pitcairn Motel was nearly as intriguing to young visitors as the restless natives hiding in the jungles of Adventureland.

These are some of the more exotic examples of Googie, a style of architecture that thrived in the 1950s and early 1960s. It began as commercial architecture designed to make the most of strip shopping centers and other roadside locations. It fit the needs of the new California "car culture" and the dreams of the even newer space age.

Googie began in Southern California, and although it spread (in numerous forms) across the nation, its heart always remained in its birthplace. Los Angeles and Orange County, California remain some of the best places to see what remains of the style.

Googie has also been known as Populuxe, Doo-Wop, Coffee Shop Modern, Jet Age, Space Age and Chinese Modern. In some cases it has been grouped with its cousin, Tiki architecture. It is also sometimes identified as part of a larger overall movement of space-age industrial design. Googie often seems like a joint design by the Jetsons and the Flintstones.

The Elements of Googie
Various designers and architects represented the theme of man's utopian future in many ways. Like obscenity, Googie is hard to define, but we know it when we see it. Some of the more common elements include the following:

Upswept Roofs -- This was especially common in the prototypical Googie buildings: coffee shops. An upswept roof allowed larger glass windows up front. Sometimes these roofs also incorporated the boomerang shape. Either way, it made many buildings look as though they were about to take off and fly. Variations on this style included the parabolic roofs of early Bob's Big Boy restaurants, designed by Armet and Davis.
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Large Domes -- Often made of concrete, this was an exotic new shape for buildings made possible by advances in construction technology. It evoked the environment-controlled space stations and extraterrestrial cities that appeared on the covers of science fiction books and magazines. Some domes were reminiscent of flying saucers. Examples include the Anaheim Convention Center, the Cinerama Dome, and even the glass top of the 1956 prototype Pontiac Firebird.
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NOTICE: Category is for architectural examples of Googie, ie; buildings & signs. However if a 1956 Firebird prototype is found, in a museum or privately garaged, we will accept it as a waymark.

Large Sheet Glass Windows -- These served several purposes. First, a tall glass front made the building itself a living billboard to drivers on the streets outside. This was a major consideration now that car travel was a key element of commerce. Also, the vast windows brought the outside in and made a sunnier brighter atmosphere for those inside. Often, the use of sheet glass with thin but sturdy steel support structures made roofs appear to float.

Boomerang Shapes -- This shape appeared in nearly every corner of the design world in the 1950s, and architecture was no exception. It appeared in archways, roadside signs, pools (often called kidney-shaped), and tile mosaics. Outside architecture, the shape was echoed in butterfly chairs, Formica patterns, corporate logos and textile prints. The origins of the boomerang as a symbol of the jet- and space-age is a little hazy, but it may be related to the "flying wing" aircraft, the expressionist art of Paul Klee and Joan Miro´, or simply the idea of an arrow shape pointing the way to progress.

Amoebae Shapes -- Sister of the boomerang, amoeboid shapes were amorphous blobs that appeared in many places, including roadside signs. Some suggest that these blobs were the predecessors of the boomerang. Some have also speculated that this design element came from World War II air defense camouflage patterns.

Atomic Models -- This design element appeared in everything from sculpture and roadsigns to dinnerware patterns and household appliances. The interlocking rings of the atomic model were a symbol of man's scientific ingenuity and represented the unlimited power that would make our future utopia possible. It also doubled as an (inaccurate) model of the solar system.
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Starbursts -- An even more ubiquitous design element than the atomic model, the starburst took many forms. Just as the atomic model was shorthand for the "innerspace" scientists were exploring, starbursts were symbolic of the outer space being explored by astronauts. It also implied clean and shining surfaces.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Exposed Steel Beams -- These were usually more about appearance than function, but could serve both purposes. Painted steel I-beams often had geometric holes cut in them which served the dual purpose of making them lighter and enhancing their visual similarity to rocket gantries.
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Flying Saucer Shapes -- Again, this motif was taken from the movies and covers of science fiction books and magazines. The Space Needle in Seattle, Wash. is an excellent example.
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As of 12-10-2012 this category will be focused on Vintage Googie waymarks. Newer locations will need strong elements to be considered.

Instructions for Posting a Googie Architecture Waymark:
At least two photographs taken by you. Interior shots of a public place would be acceptable if it's Googie. Additional shots definitely encouraged. Maybe even get yourself in front of the lens...
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Googie ArchitectureDowntown Las Vegas Sign - Las Vegas, NV

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A small scaled replica of the original Las Vegas sign about 10 miles to the south.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Nevada

date approved: 5/3/2016

last visited: never

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Mr. Frosty Drive-In in Denton, TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

location: Texas

date approved: 4/11/2016

last visited: 6/1/2016

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Googie ArchitectureMel's Drive-In - Universal Studios - Orlando, Florida, USA.

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Mel's Drive-In - The flying saucer shaped building is a playful reminder of futuristic Googie architecture from the 1950s. Located at Universal Studios - Orlando, Florida,

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Florida

date approved: 4/7/2016

last visited: 4/12/2016

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Googie ArchitectureThe Grinder Haven - Ontario, CA

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The Grinder Haven, an Ontario destination since 1958, shows off its Googie style

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: California

date approved: 4/4/2016

last visited: 3/9/2016

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Googie ArchitectureNeon Boneyard Park - Las Vegas, NV

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This sign marks the entrance to the famous Neon Boneyard Park in Las Vegas.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Nevada

date approved: 3/30/2016

last visited: 3/5/2016

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Mark Twain Birthplace Historic Site - Florida MO

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman

location: Missouri

date approved: 3/18/2016

last visited: never

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Googie Architecture4th Street Bowling - San Jose, CA

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A folded plate roof at the 4th Street Bowl in San Jose.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 3/18/2016

last visited: never

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Googie ArchitectureEl Con Sign - Tucson, AZ

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This Googie sign once stood in front of the El Con Shopping Mall for many years, then was taken down and stored away for many more years until being resurrected again and placed back up, greeting shoppers to the revamped El Con Center.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Arizona

date approved: 10/16/2015

last visited: never

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Located on the corner of Main and South 2nd, this saucer like branch banking office offers a distinct shape compared to the rest of the area.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Iowa

date approved: 8/31/2015

last visited: never

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Googie ArchitectureJerry Dutler's Bowl - Mankato, MN

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This Googie style sign can be found just off Highway 169 in Mankato, Minnesota.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Siren Hunter

location: Minnesota

date approved: 7/30/2015

last visited: 3/17/2016

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Googie ArchitectureValley Christian Reformed Church - Kattelville, NY

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The Valley Christian Reformed Church building, which uses a hyperbolic paraboloid, is the work of James Mowry.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ripraff

location: New York

date approved: 7/5/2015

last visited: never

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Googie ArchitectureLorraine Motel -- Memphis TN

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The cool Googie-style sign for the Lorraine Motel, a happy fun vintage invitation to one of the most moving museums we have ever been to

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Tennessee

date approved: 3/27/2015

last visited: 9/26/2008

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This classic 1950s Dairy Queen is located at 724 Nelson Avenue. It is at the corner of Kokanee Avenue.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 3/20/2015

last visited: never

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Googie ArchitectureSteinway Hall -- Dallas TX

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This cool Googie sign for Dallas Steinway Hall has been a landmark along US 75 for at least 50 years.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/1/2014

last visited: 12/2/2014

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A relic of the grand 1950s era of supper clubs with dancing in this declining suburb of Dallas

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/1/2014

last visited: 12/2/2014

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OLd, old salon on south Grand Ave. Sign is also old.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 11/6/2014

last visited: never

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Googie ArchitectureCar Dealer - Vestal, NY

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This was a car dealership. It is currently for sale.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ripraff

location: New York

date approved: 10/30/2014

last visited: never

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Googie ArchitectureDixiana Motel -- Vicksburg MS

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The wonderful Googie sign of the Dixiana Motel, along the former US 80, now the US 61 Business route in Vicksburg MS

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Mississippi

date approved: 10/7/2014

last visited: 9/1/2014

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Googie ArchitectureSage Motel -- Needles CA

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The cool googie sign for the now-defunct Sage Motel on old Route 66 in Needles CA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: California

date approved: 9/5/2014

last visited: 10/29/2015

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Googie ArchitectureNevada Inn Motel -- Boulder City NV

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The wonderful Googie sign for the Nevada Inn in the cute town of Boulder City NV

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Nevada

date approved: 9/5/2014

last visited: 8/6/2014

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The Googie sign for the Supai Motel on historic Route 66 in Seligman AZ still beckons weary travelers

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Arizona

date approved: 9/5/2014

last visited: 8/6/2014

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Googie ArchitectureWest Theatre -- Grants NM

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The wonderful Googie starburst sign of the West Theatre along Route 66 in downtown Grants NM

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: New Mexico

date approved: 8/23/2014

last visited: 2/5/2015

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The wonderful Googie Premier Motel has a newly renovated sign and a new mission hosting travelers along old US 66

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: New Mexico

date approved: 8/19/2014

last visited: 8/20/2014

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Googie ArchitectureTower Motel -- Santa Rosa NM

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Santa Rosa has a variety of wonderful 1950s motels on its stretch of old Route 66.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: New Mexico

date approved: 8/19/2014

last visited: 8/20/2014

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Googie ArchitectureSun-N-Sand Motel -- Santa Rosa NM

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This Googie marvel and its magnificent neon sign stands tall over the old Route 66 in Santa Rosa with its working neon sign.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: New Mexico

date approved: 8/19/2014

last visited: 5/17/2014

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