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Gas N' Go
Ashtabula, OH
Photo courtesy Steve Felder

Some of the space age architecture resemble space ports and flying saucers. Imagine driving down the street at night on your way to the neighborhood food store and catching a glimpse of a flying sauce out of the corner of your eye. Unfortunately, at least in the case of this saucer, it can no longer happen. The Gas n' Go gas station has been demolished. This Gas N' Go in Ashtabula, OH originally opened in 1966. Ray Keyes was the architect.

 

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La Concha Motel (Sign removed)
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The La Concha Motel is another example of what is loosely termed "googie". With it's parabolic shape and eye catching lettering, the La Concha is an eye catcher.

 

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Starlight Motel
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the Starlight Motel in Los Angeles, CA. Many motels still sport the googie motif. Although, many of these motor hotels have turned into permanent housing for some, a look-see at what's remaining provides a flashback to the past for some, and a first-time glimpse to what once was to others. See more "googie" motels here.

 

 

Carrols Hamburgers
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The urban landscape was once dotted with fancy boomerang shapes proudly showing off its aerodynamic fins. Like the Cadillac fins and lately the stealth bomber, the triangular shape of these remnants are what's left of the wonderment of the mid-century space age. This Carrols Hamburgers was found in Las Vegas but is almost completely non-descript these days.

 

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Windsor Flowers
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Other buildings sport block lettering reminiscent of the mid-century era. Windsor Flowers in L.A. is a good example of this type of structure.

 

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