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Heimann, Jim & Rip Georges, California Crazy: Roadside Vernacular Architecture, San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1985, 4th printing, sq 8vo (8" x 8"), SB, color photo illus wraps w/ yellow & blue decorative titles, VG / none. Shelfworn.

139 pp. Profuse photos, a few color. Introduction by David Gebhard. A pictorial history of figurative commercial buildings--hats, teapots, donuts, rocket ships, birds, a leg, and many more. Includes map to locate those that were still extant at the time of the book's publication.

From the cover: "At the beginning of the automobile age, in that most car crazy of places, Southern California, roadways were dotted with eye-catching beacons for travelers. Diners shaped like chili bowls, pigs, and coffee pots; hotels and theaters in Aztec and Mayan motifs; and all manner of oddly shaped buildings were part of the Western architectural landscape a trend that spread across the country. California Crazy & Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture is the most thorough documentation of this unusual architectural style, and a greatly enhanced, fully revised version of the classic book that first explored the movement.

In the twenty years since historian and author Jim Heimann published California Crazy, he has gathered extensive new information on the history of buildings with eccentric designs, including hundreds of new images from around the country. Taking their inspiration less from professional architects and moer from the business owners who knew the value of catching the attention of someone in a moving car, these structures combine whimsy, practicality, and visual appeal.

California Crazy & Beyond is the master record of a style that helped inform postmodern architecture, as well as the popular amusement environments of Las Vegas and modern theme parks. California Crazy & Beyond is not only the ultimate tour of these extraordinary structures and their influence, it is also a marvel of photographic preservation. With wit and American know-how, both the everyday and legendary buildings of days past are here captured for generations to come."    [Book ID # 1146]

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