Art: Googie

Southern California, with its pagoda cinemas and eateries shaped like bulldogs, has long been noted for the world's largest crop of chicken-wire-and-stucco monstrosities. This month HOUSE & HOME notes a new regional aberration and gives it a name: Googie. Its archetypical example, says HOUSE & HOME, is a Los Angeles restaurant named Googie's, where a large part of the modernistic steel and stucco building takes off into the blue at a leaning angle even more startling than the Tower of Pisa.

Googie architecture, says HOUSE & HOME, is "Modern Architecture Uninhibited ... an art in which anything and everything goes—so long as...

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