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)

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3 Comments »

  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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