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See more googie related signage and buildings at Googie Central

 

Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Out on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a gaming joint complete with multiple googie fins. The park was founded in 1907, the boardwalk is known as California's oldest current amusement park.

 

See more Googie treasures at Roadside Peek's Mid-Century Modern Northern California.

 

 

When you think of Googie and space age, how much more mid-century futuristic can you get than the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA? Built for the 1962 World's Fair, this space age monument is a proud reminder of the mid-century space race era. The color of the Space Needle originally was orange.

 

Space Needle
Photo courtesy Louis Di Fazio

Pacific Science Center
Photo courtesy Louis Di FazioSeattle, WA

 

These remaining structures from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair depict a much more optimistic time in America's past. The Space Needle stands tall and the googie structures to the right are still at the Pacific Science Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

See more Googie treasures at Roadside Peek's Mid-Century Modern Pacific Northwest.

 

 

Norm's Restaurant
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Coffee shops with their boomerang shapes and large glass windows also typified the mid-century era. These so called "googie" restaurants were as known for their exotic angles and sense of space as they were for their food.

See more of these coffee shops at Roadside Peek's Coffee Shops. See the Norm's LaCienega and other coffee shops from So Cal at Roadside Peek's Coffee Shops Southern California.

 

 

Holiday Bowl(Rem.)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Bowling alleys have been a form of entertainment since the early 20th Century. Some of the venues still surviving sprouted after WWII and continue, though shakily, today.

 

See Roadside Peek's Spotlight on the Holiday Bowl for more information on the Holiday Bowl.

 

 

Westcoast Anaheim Hotel
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

Imagine attending a conference at a space port. Something out of an old Jetsons script? No. Still found in Anaheim, California is the Anaheim Convention Center with it's space age look paying tribute to the Disneyland Tomorrowland that once was. Nearby is the Westcoast Anaheim parking port looking like it's about to blast off.

See more of the Anaheim Convention Center at Roadside Peek's Orange County Googie. Also see more of both the Westcoast Anaheim Hotel and the Anaheim Convention Center at Roadside Peek's Mid-Century Modern Southern California.

 

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