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Landmarks in Arcadia, California
Santa Anita Park  handright.gif  Map  URL
Santa Anita Park    
285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
626 574-7223

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Van De Kamp's  handright.gif  Map    
The last windmill and folded-plate roof Van de Kamp's restaurant left on Route 66. Now a Denny's restaurant.
7 E Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91006
626 446-3401

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Landmarks in Downey, California
"Speedee" McDonald's  handright.gif  Map
Adriene Biondo Adriene Biondo
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this is the World's Oldest Operating McDonalds. Tourists can always be seen posing near the golden arches or 60 foot tall 'Speedee the Chef' neon sign. The Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee waged a huge preservation battle after the McDonalds Corporation closed this landmark location following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. A museum dedicated to McDonalds memorabilia is adjacent to the restaurant. Designed by Stanley Meston. Text courtesy of Adriene Biondo.
10207 Lakewood Blvd.
Downey, CA 90240
562 622-9248

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Johnie's Broiler  handright.gif  Map
Johnie's Broiler   Johnie's Broiler Minnie Ortner
Designed by Paul B. Clayton. Johnie's Broiler opened back in 1958 as Harvey's Broiler. It was designed in the 50's drive-in restaurant style with lighted boomerang canopy and flamboyant signage visible to cars traveling on the busy thoroughfare of Firestone Boulevard.

A true Southern California car culture landmark, Johnie's was a favorite cruising destination, often clocking 5,000 classic cars per weekend during its heyday. Currently leased to a used car tenant. Officially declared eligible for the California State Register of Historical Resources in November 2002. For more information and vintage photos, visit http://www.johniesbroiler.org Adriene Biondo.

Photo on the right courtesy of the original owner Minnie Ortner.
7447 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241

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Landmarks in Eagle Rock, California
Eagle Rock  handright.gif  Map
Eagle Rock    
Northern terminus of Figueroa Street. Noted by Spanish explorers, its distinguishing feature is the figure of an eagle in flight, a natural formation. Visible from the 134 freeway. Declared: 11/16/62
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

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Landmarks in Hollywood, California
ArcLight Cinerama Dome  handright.gif  Map  URL
ArcLight Cinerama Dome    
Designed by Welton Becket, it's the world's only concrete geodesic dome. Declared 12/18/1998
6360 W. Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
323 464-1478

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Capitol Records  handright.gif  Map
Capitol Records    
1750 N. Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028

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Crossroads of the World  handright.gif  Map
Crossroads of the World    
A complex of buildings designed by Robert V Derrah in 1937. The central building is in the form of a ship, while the surrounding structures are in a variety of European styles. It was one of the most prominent "shopping centers" of the 1930's. Declared: 12/4/74
6671 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

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Egyptian Theatre  handright.gif  Map  URL
Egyptian Theatre    
Built in 1922 from a design by Meyer & Holler, one of the most respected architectural firms in Los Angeles during that era. Declared: 9/21/93
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

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El Capitan Theatre  handright.gif  Map  URL
El Capitan Theatre   El Capitan Theatre Adriene Biondo
Built in 1926, the interior auditorium was designed by renowned architect G. Albert Lansburgh in an East Indian Revival style. The exterior is in Spanish Baroque Revival style and was designed by the architectural firm of Morgan, Walls & Clements. Declared: 6/12/90
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323 467-7674

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre  handright.gif  Map  URL
Grauman's Chinese Theatre    
Sid Grauman's second theatre in Hollywood opened on May 18, 1927 with Cecil B. DeMille's film "King of Kings." Designed by Meyer & Holler and oriental in its colorful decor. Its forecourt, where movie star hand and footprints are preserved in cement, is a top tourist attraction. Declared: 6/5/68
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323 464-8111

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel  handright.gif  Map  URL    
Built in 1926 from a design by architect H. B. Traver. This Spanish Colonial Revival structure is associated with the growth of the film industry and was built by investors Douglas Fairbanks, Marcut Lowe, Louis B. Mayer and Mary Pickford. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held there in 1929. Declared: 8/13/91
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
323 466-7000

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Knickerbocker Hotel  handright.gif  Map    
1714 North Ivar Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

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Max Factor Building  handright.gif  Map
Max Factor Building    
This four-story concrete building was remodeled by theater architect S. Charles Lee into an Art Deco style building with architectural elements typical of the Regency period (late 19th century) in England. Declared: 4/26/94
1668 Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028

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Pig'n Whistle Restaurant  handright.gif  Map
Pig'n Whistle Restaurant    
Reopened after a $1,000,000 restoration.
6714 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
323 463-0000

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The Silent Movie Theatre  handright.gif  Map  URL
The Silent Movie Theatre    
The only silent cinema in the U.S.A.
611 N Fairfax Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90036
323 655-2520

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Landmarks in Inglewood, California
Randy's Donuts
Randy's Donuts  handright.gif  Map  URL    
22 foot concrete donut on a donut shop
805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
310 645-4707

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Landmarks in La Puente, California
The Donut Hole  handright.gif  Map
The Donut Hole    
A drive-thru tunnel between two large donuts. Open 24 hrs.
15300 E. Amar Rd
La Puente, CA 91744
626 968-2912

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Landmarks in Los Angeles, California
Airport Theme Building  handright.gif  Map    
Paul R. Williams, Pereira & Luckman, and Robert Herrick Carter.
201 World Way
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Angels Flight  handright.gif  Map
Angels Flight   Angels Flight  
S Hill St at W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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CBS Television City  handright.gif  Map
CBS Television City    
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 575-2458

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Coca-Cola Building  handright.gif  Map
Coca-Cola Building    
A Streamline Moderne structure designed by Robert V. Derrah in 1939. The ship-like structure, replete with portholes, a catwalk, cargo doors and topped by a bridge, encloses a complex of four older buildings. Declared: 2/5/75
1334 S. Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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El Pueblo De Los Angeles State Historic Park  handright.gif  Map  URL
El Pueblo De Los Angeles State Historic Park    
Olvera Street, Avila Adobe 1818, Sepulveda House 1887, Pico House 1870, Old Plaza Firehouse 1884, Plaza Catholic Church 1822 and Plaza Methodist Church 1925-26.
845 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213 680-2525

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Farmer John  handright.gif  Map  URL
Farmer John    
Famous murals surround the building.
3049 E. Vernon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90058
323 583-4621

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Kendle's Do-Nuts  handright.gif  Map
Kendle's Do-Nuts    
10003 S Normandie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90044
323 756-8548

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Los Angeles California Temple  handright.gif  Map  URL
Los Angeles California Temple    
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
10741 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310 474-5569

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Los Angeles City Hall  handright.gif  Map  URL
Los Angeles City Hall    
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Pann's Restaurant  handright.gif  Map  URL
Pann's Restaurant    
Designed by Armet & Davis
6710 La Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
323 776-3770

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San Antonio Winery  handright.gif  Map  URL    
The only producing winery in Los Angeles. Open daily for guided winery tours, offered on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
323 223-1401

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Union Station  handright.gif  Map
Union Station    
Designed by architects John and Donald B. Parkinson, with landscape architect Tommy Tomson, in a Streamline Moderne & Spanish Style. Three of the nation's major railroads, Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Union Pacific, pooled their resources in 1933 and proceeded with the construction of the Station. For even the most sophisticated traveler, the Los Angeles Union Station Terminal, typically Californian in aspect, is likely to evoke some of the excitement and nostalgia of days gone by. Declared: 8/2/72
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Watts Towers  handright.gif  Map  URL
Watts Towers    
The towers stand on .11 acres (the smallest State Park in California). Admission is free, but you must call the Watts Towers Art Center to make an appointment for a tour. The towers can be seen from the street.
1765 East 107th St
Los Angeles, CA 90002
213 485 1795

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Wich Stand  handright.gif  Map
Wich Stand   Wich Stand Adriene Biondo
Designed by Armet & Davis, it was built in 1958 and closed in 1987. I spent a lot of time at "The Stand" in the 60's. Now Simply Wholesome, a health food restaurant and store.
4508 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
323 294-2144

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Landmarks in Los Feliz, California
Griffith Observatory  handright.gif  Map  URL
Griffith Observatory    
Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is FREE. There is a nominal charge to see shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Located in Griffith Park. Designed by John C. Austin and F. M. Ashley, it opened May 14, 1935 to provide public access to the cosmic discoveries of astronomy and modern science. The structure is one of the finest examples of Art Deco design of the 1930's. Declared: 11/17/76
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Feliz, CA 90027
323 664-1191

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Landmarks in North Hollywood, California
Campo de Cahuenga  handright.gif  Map  URL
Campo de Cahuenga    
The birthplace of California. This small park commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga which was negotiated in 1847; the treaty signalled the end of hostilities in California in the Mexican-American War. Open by appointment.
3912 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91604
818 762-3998 ext 2

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El Portal Theatre  handright.gif  Map  URL
El Portal Theatre    
Completed in 1926, this two-story Spanish Renaissance Revival retail/office/theater building was designed by theater architect L. A. Smith. Declared: 2/9/93
5265 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818 508-4200

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Landmarks in Pasadena, California
Old Town Pasadena  handright.gif  Map  URL    
Pasadena, CA

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Landmarks in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Wayfarers Chapel  handright.gif  Map  URL
Wayfarers Chapel Richard Johnson Wayfarers Chapel Richard Johnson
A most unusual church made almost entirely of glass. Designed by Lloyd Wright, son of the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
5755 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
310 377-1650

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Landmarks in Studio City, California
Carney's  handright.gif  Map  URL
Southern Pacific Railroad cars are home to Carney's
12601 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
818 761-8300

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Landmarks in Toluca Lake, California
Bob's Big Boy #6  handright.gif  Map  URL
Bob's Big Boy #6    
The oldest surviving Bob's Big Boy in America. Designed by Wayne McAllister and built in 1949, an addition was made to the building in 1978 by the architectural firm of Armet, Davis & Newlove which doubled its original size.
4211 W Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA 91505
818 843-9334

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Landmarks in Venice, California
Venice Canal Historic District  handright.gif  Map  URL    
Roughly bounded by Grand, Carroll, Eastern, and Sherman canals
Grand Canal
Venice, CA

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Landmarks in West Hollywood, California
Chateau Marmont  handright.gif  Map  URL
Chateau Marmont    
Constructed circa 1924 by Arnold Weitzman, this hotel has long been associated with stars of the motion picture industry. Declared: 3/24/76
8221 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323 656-1010

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Pacific Design Center  handright.gif  Map
Pacific Design Center    
The "Blue Whale"
8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310 657-0800

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Rocky and Bullwinkle  handright.gif  Map
Rocky and Bullwinkle    
8218 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

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Tail O' the Pup  handright.gif  Map
Tail O' the Pup    
329 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
310 652-4517

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Landmarks in Westwood, California
The Westwood Building  handright.gif  Map
The Westwood Building    
Built in 1929, this building was designed in the Classical style by Allison & Allison for the Janss Corporation, creators of Westwood Village, to use as their offices. It occupies the focal point of the Village. The building's dome is a visual highlight, which distinguished it from its surroundings. Declared: 6/21/88
1099 Westwood Blvd
Westwood, CA 90024

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