Qualified Condition

July 27, 2008

Buildings Shaped Like Food

Filed under: Buildings Shaped Like Stuff — qualifiedcondition @ 9:24 pm

Around the time that the motor age hit full swing and the government began subsidizing interstate highways, business owners–and I suppose architects and builders–lost their minds.  The result? Buildings shaped like food. And bulldogs. And hamburgers and big hats and so on.  I suppose the influence here was two fold: motion pictures invited people to be a little more fanciful and fun with the built world (hense the entire Period Revival movement), and people realized that it was going to be harder to sell a hot dog to someone at 45 miles per hour than it would be on foot.

I suppose it would be easy to talk about what a base form of architecture this is… Really?  A donut shop shaped like a donut..? How inventive.  One could even go on to point out how these buildings were the gateway to auto-oriented development that would destroy the urban form of our post-war cities.  The fact of the matter is, though, that EVERYONE loves these things!  Who doesn’t want to buy a hotdog from a building SHAPED LIKE A HOTDOG?!

Boli and I did a little field trip a while back to check out a few of LA’s last remaining giant donut donut shops.  We sampled the old fashioneds and took some pictures.  Enjoy, and if I missed one let me know where it is!  And let’s go get a donut.

Randy’s Donuts: 805 W Manchester (at La Cienega, near LAX)

Donut King II:  15023 S Western (at Marine)

Kindle’s Donuts:  10003 S Normandie (at Century)

Dale’s Donuts:  15904 S Atlantic (at Alondra)



  1. If you think these are good, how about those giant mechanics holding mufflers? Have you seen the one off the 405 that was altered to be holding a big golf club? I am really into these giant mechanics – you must do a follow up post on them. THANK YOU.

    Comment by dm — July 28, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

  2. Maybe “Buildings Shaped Like Things” should be its own category. I just found a pretty good Giant Mechanic on Mission Street east of downtown, Boyle Heights I guess. Also there’s the big creepy Chicken Boy that just got parked on the roof at Figueroa and Ave 53 in HP. I am on the Chicken Boy email list. I am awesome.

    Comment by qualifiedcondition — July 28, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

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