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All About Googie, the Friendly Architecture of Jet-Age L.A.

With the news (and subsequent outrage) that L.A.'s iconic Norms restaurant may be demolished, Curbed LA takes a look at the city's signature Googie Architecture, the effusive Jetsons-like building style that popped up after World War II. Up until the mid-'60s, the hard-lined, cartoonish Googie style was popular for motels, coffee shops, car washes and diners.

The archicritic who termed the style "Googie" in 1952 thought it was tackiness incarnate. >>