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06 June 2009

This is Googie


I think that the majority of us know what Googie architecture is. If not, I will describe it as an exaggerated architecture style mainly from the mid 50's thru the mid 60's. This form of architecture was an interpetation of space age futurism.  For a more precise definition of what Googie architecture is, check out this link.

A few years ago, I went thru a serious Googie phase. I looked up everything I could and found a lot of interesting stuff. However, my thoughts had moved on to other interesting things until a month or so ago when MoonDoggie started getting into Googie. With her looking for Googie in good old London Town, she seemed to be looking at all that she could online. Her enthusiastic blogs about the style motivated me to look at more Googie stuff, as well.

So yesterday I was looking at TikiLisa's blog, and re-found a site I had forgotten about. Thru this site I found "Googie Art". If you like Googie architecture and are inspired by the future left behind, then check out the images in this post and see the rest of these great architectural feats here.




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8 comments:

Tikimama said...

Oooh, awesome! I didn't know about this one yet - going to check it out asap.

Glad MoonDoggie and I can re-inspire you ;)

JEM 'n Tonic said...

I glad ya'll can inspire me too. It's also funny that you didn't know about this as I got to the link from a link on your blog.

MoonDoggie said...

I especially love Tiki and Googie together - like in the A-frame structures seen on your link. And the signs...oh the signs...

It's funny how I was always an admirer of Googie, even though I didn't know the style even had a name.
I also find it strange that a lot of 'experts' disregard/ed Googie. What's not to like :)

Slices of Beauty... said...

Lovely blog!

JEM 'n Tonic said...

Slices of Beauty,
Thank you for the kind comment. I try.

lolly-jolly said...

Excuse me for the questions but are you an architect :) I`m studying it know but i didn`t heart about the word Googie, althought i can recognize this style

JEM 'n Tonic said...

Lolly-jolly,
Unfortunately I am not an architect, even though I have study everything I can get my hands on about the subject. I, as many of the people who read this blog have a passion for Mid-Century... well, just about everything. That of course includes the ever so prominent architecture know world over as Mid-Century modern. Googie is a sub catagory of Mid-Century (MCM) architecture. Give me a couple of days and I will dig up some other links for you on Googie and MCM architecture.

Anyone else that has good links to such things just post them in the comments on this post.

Don't forget to check back Lolly-jolly and see what we've found for you.
Jem N' Tonic

JEM 'n Tonic said...

Lolly-Jolly,
I haven't forgotten you. Here are some really cool sites with examples and information on Googie.

www.spaceagecity.com - example of architecture and definition.

www.themes.common-space.net/ tag/populux/ - examples

www.http://www.roadsidepeek.com/googie/googarchit/index.htm - google all over the USA

http://www.anaheimcolony.com/googie.htm - also explanation of Googie and importance to Anahiem CA.

You can also search keywords like: Raygun Gothic, Streamline Modern, Space age architecture, Retro Futurism.
Hope this helps.