December 2, 2013 Preservation

Johnie’s Coffee Shop in LA Landmarked

Some good preservation news from Los Angeles. Johnie’s Coffee Shop, designed in 1955 by Armet and Davis, was landmarked by the LA City Council last week. The original drawing for the Googie coffee shop first built as Romeo’s Time Square is part of the Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 exhibit currently at the National Building Museum. Here are a few shots from a couple of my trips to visit the Googie landmark, which was featured in movies such as “The Big Lebowski” and “Resevoir Dogs.” Hopefully, the vacant building can be turned into a cool coffee shop once again amid redevelopment plans for the area around the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax.