Our fair city was once riddled with buildings shaped like giant flowerpots and pianos. In the 1920s and ‘30s, a fella who wanted to sell chili out of a giant stucco bowl needed only a single page permit, some chicken wire and a kooky dream. Jim Heimann’s classic book California Crazy (1980) defined and categorized the style. The Los Angeles Public Library recently pulled together eighteen of the most iconic images (like the Wilshire Brown Derby (1926-1980) to your right) in their collection to illustrate this great story on their Photo Friends blog, but there are many more in their vast photo collection. Click here to start your expedition.
Photograph: Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library