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A Brief History of Los Angeles's Tiki Architecture

Well this is a fun one: Just in time for the weekend, Curbed LA has posted the definitive guide to the city's kitschy tiki architecture. Apparently, Southern California's love for all things Tiki began in 1934 with the opening of the Hollywood restaurant Don the Beachcomber, which featured the flaming torches, carved wooden statues, and colorful rum-based punches still essential to the genre today. As World War II servicemen returned from the South Pacific, their stories fueled the fad for Polynesian-themed kitsch, which inspired bars and even architecture throughout the late 1940s and into the '50s.

Read on and check out more photos of the city's tiki-tecture, over at Curbed LA. >>