Sunday, 2 June 2019


Curbed’s Los Angeles bureau introduces us to the Chinese-American architect that helped establish and inform the Atomic Age style of vernacular architecture that originated in Southern California and manifested itself as Streamline Moderne and populuxe elsewhere in the pioneering personality Helen Liu Fong (*1927 – †2005).
Iconic works including Norms restaurants, Pann’s coffee shops and Bob’s Big Boy among other roadside attractions, many casualties of progress, Fong’s most celebrated and culturally significant project, helping a community on its recovery from internment and ostracizing treatment was the Holiday Bowl in the diverse Crenshaw neighbourhood of the segregated city, the lanes serving as a civic anchor for four decades. Much more to explore at the link above.