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Polynesian Gabled Posts

060. Mexican, Polynesian-Style. Lomo Featured Project: Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant.

Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant, located in the Harbor City neighborhood of Los Angeles at 25720 S. Western Avenue near Pacific Coast Highway, dates to 1960. The menu is that of a margarita-slinging family restaurant, and in keeping with 54 years of standing, it offers the kind of old-school, cheese-drenched options often called “gringo” or “Tex-Mex” in […] «Read more»

049. Matchbook Delight! Part 12, PSA Hotel Islandia.

I liked the look of this matchbook, with its jaunty, pre-Starbucks mermaid logo and friendly logogram, rendered in orange in a chubby-serifed variant of the Cooper typeface that I used for the Matchbook Delight! logo above. I had to do a little web-browsing to learn the very 1970s story behind this hotel. The “PSA” of […] «Read more»

039. The Polynesian Gabled Apartments of Rosemead Boulevard. Lomo Styles: The Polynesian Gabled. Lomo Building Types: Apartments.

Located at 4501 Rosemead Boulevard in the city of Rosemead is the Bahooka Family Restaurant, a true cultural treasure resembling a tiki bar times ten, filled with fishtanks, and serving ribs and family foods in addition to sugary drinks. Bahooka is at the approach, presumably by more than mere coincidence, to a cluster of apartment […] «Read more»

036. Lomo Featured Project: The Islander Apartments. Lomo Styles: The Polynesian Gabled. Lomo Building Types: Apartments.

The eye-catching Islander Apartments is at 7000 South La Cienega Boulevard in the city of Inglewood – perhaps you have seen it on your way to the airport. The Islander may be the best, which is to say, possessed of the most densely-packed exuberance, of small apartment buildings in the “Polynesian Gabled” style. Yet another […] «Read more»