California Crazy: Roadside Vernacular Architecture

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California Crazy: Roadside Vervancular Architecture was compiled by Jim Heimann and Rip Georges in 1980. Unfortunately much of what you see here no longer exists today.

From the back of the book:

“California Crazy is the style of architecture that seems to typify California itself: naive, direct, unpretentious. These buildings were designed to catch the eye, to be remembered. No ad agency conceived them – they were often designed by the owners themselves, poured of ferro concrete and shaped by the undisguised desire to sell.”

Comments
  1. p says:

    nice find

  2. cork grips says:

    reminds me of the work a professor i had in college’s work: not to scale

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  4. billy b says:

    Are any of these places still open? I’m hoping to relocate to Northern California soon and would like to visit them. Thank You!

  5. Serge Young says:

    At least these buidlings made the American strip interesting. As funky as these buildings are they are more interesting to look at then the typical Walmart.

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