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Architect Wayne McAllister (1907-2000) was a principal champion of the Googie style of architecture, elevating the drive-in coffee shop and Las Vegas casino to a high level of art. The Burbank restaurant he designed for Bob Wian, founder of the Bob's Big Boy chain, was the first in a group of six in the Los Angeles area and the only one still in existence.

The thirty-five foot tall neon sign is the restaurants most striking and conspicuous feature, however the 'real action' was in the back, according to author Chris Nichols, who wrote the book, 'The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister'.(Gibbs Smith, Publisher 2007), 'You couldn't get into the place on Friday nights. It seemed like everybody in town stopped at Bob's that night. They were attracted by the good food, gorgeous waitresses and the action.'

At the peak of its popularity, the chain could claim 750 restaurants in 1958. In 1967 the chain was sold to the Marriott Corporation, which decimated the brand by regionalizing its name. By 1988, Marriott sold off the restaurants one at a time.

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is located at 4211 Riverside Drive. The restaurant was designated a California Point of Historical Interest in 1993. For more information on 'Googie' architecture, the book 'Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture' by author Alan Hess is a must.

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Architect J. R. Davidson designed the International Style house for Don W. McFadden in 1948. The house is unique in a setting of mostly period revival style homes. Located at 10152 Toluca Lake Avenue in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.

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Architect Wayne McAllister (1907-2000) was a principal champion of the Googie style of architecture, elevating the drive-in coffee shop and Las Vegas casino to a high level of art. The Burbank restaurant he designed for Bob Wian, founder of the Bob's Big Boy chain, was the first in a group of xix in the Los Angeles area and the only one still in existence.

The thirty-five foot tall neon sign is the restaurants most striking and conspicuous feature, however the 'real action' was in the back, according to author Chris Nichols, who wrote the book, 'The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister'.(Gibbs Smith, Publisher 2007), 'You couldn't get into the place on Friday nights. It seemed like everybody in town stopped at Bob's that night. They were attracted by the good food, gorgeous waitresses and the action.'

At the peak of its popularity, the chain could claim 750 restaurants in 1958. In 1967 the chain was sold to the Marriott Corporation, which decimated the brand by regionalizing its name. By 1988, Marriott sold off the restaurants one at a time.

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is located at 4211 Riverside Drive. The restaurant was designated a California Point of Historical Interest in 1993. For more information on 'Googie' architecture, the book 'Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture' by author Alan Hess is a must.

Tags:   Bob's Big Boy Toluca Lake Wayne McAllister Treasures of Los Angeles Architecture archiref Michael Locke Michael Locke, Photographer Michael Locke, Realtor

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The English Storybook style house was built in 1928 for Frank Orald Graves and his wife Cora N. Baker in 1928. Graves was born in Ontario, Canada on April 28, 1890. He was an electrical superintendent for the Universal Film Company. He died in Los Angeles on June 8, 1941.

The Graves Residence is located at 4421 North Ponca Avenue in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.

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The Streamline Moderne style Nicholl Building operates as the Toluca Lake Health Center for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The center was made possible by a gift from Gladys “Gee” Nicholl, a long-time benefactor of the MPTF and widow of writer and producer Don Nicholl. Nicholl who was producer or executive producer on All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Three’s Company, and the Ropers among others.
The building is located at 4323 Riverside Drive in Burbank, California.

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