Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture

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Chronicle Books, Oct 14, 2004 - Architecture - 222 pages
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A thoroughly revised and significantly expanded edition of the popular 1980s original, Googie Redux is the authoritative history of the mid-20th century icon that ignited an architectural revolution: the coffee shop. Emblematic of Southern California car culture, stylized eateries and other roadside buildings built from the 1930s to the 1950s were dismissed as lowbrow stylistic folly in their heyday. Yet, as Alan Hess points out, in many ways they were the realization of modern architecture's grand promises. They were populist, employed new materials, and captured their purpose, place, and culture as vividly as any great architectural style. The influential original edition helped to spark a robust preservation movement and kick-started the reappreciation of mid-century architecture and design. This latest edition features extensive up-to-date research and dozens of rarely seen and newly found photographs. Googie Redux is the definitive document of a style born in California that has spread to all corners of the world.
  

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Review: Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture

User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Alan Hess has given mid century roadside stuff not just a name but supplied us with an entire vocabulary of style cues. Excellent photography. Read full review

Review: Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture

User Review  - David Allen - Goodreads

Ideal for those who think Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is akin to the Parthenon, Hess' book demands that midcentury coffee shops, bowling alleys and such be taken seriously as architecture and art. The ... Read full review

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Route 66 in California
Glen Duncan
Limited preview - 2005

About the author (2004)

Alan Hess is architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News and the author of numerous books, including Palm Springs Weekend (0-8118-2804-2) and Rancho Deluxe (0-8118-2420-9). He divides his time between Northern California and Michigan.

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