The gorgeous new embossed-tin ceiling is going up in the Good Food hall on Center Street today.
Monday, January 23, 2012
The busy folks at the LAB continue to enhance our historic downtown's Center Street Promenade. Currently, it's all in the details...
Starting with the new doors and windows on the Food Court facade, a more classic look and vibe are gradually taking over the street.
Stay tuned for further updates on the exciting changes happening in your Downtown.
Posted by Kevin Kidney at 2:50 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Can a gas station inspire awe? We think it can. This marvelous modern Mobil once adorned the intersection of Harbor and Katella, catty-corner from Disneyland's expansive parking lot. Its four exuberant canopies were arranged in a neat diamond pattern - each magically balanced on a single central support - and topped by a flying red Pegasus.
For these images, architects Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams enlisted the talents of their friend, famed photographer Julius Shulman. Shulman staged the photo on the spur of the moment, with a customer's red car and the wife of one of the architects, driving her own Austin-Healey convertible, with white gloves, in the foreground. Anaheim's ubiquitous orange trees, loaded with fruit, border the blacktop in the distance.
In his book Googie Redux, historian Alan Hess notes "This is another example of an established high-art architect who took the purpose and forms of roadside architecture seriously."
Julius Shulman was one of the leading architectural photographers of the 20th century, developing a close association with many Modernist architects. His work played a major role in crafting the perception of the "Southern California lifestyle" to the rest of the world during the 1950s and 1960s.
And here's where it was... in the bottom right corner of this 1958 aerial view.
Today the property is an empty lot surrounded by chain link fence.
Posted by Kevin Kidney at 1:49 AM
Friday, January 6, 2012
Hang on tight, here it comes! The most exciting redevelopment project in Anaheim's history is underway, as our downtown's Center Street Promenade undergoes an extreme makeover.
Once home to historic buildings that have since been destroyed, the area will soon be inhabited with non-chain retail stores and restaurants that will bring a hip vibe to the area.
|New windows (left) look older and more classic than the old ones (right).|
|K&A's new interior, in progress.|
|K&A owner Art Cervantes (left) with AHS Vice President Kevin Kidney|
Large window panels now fold open so diners can enjoy the weather as they eat, while the aromas of good food are carried out to passersby in the street.
|Fresh-brewed iced tea and homemade cheese danish|
at one of the new glass-topped "community tables".
|Luther Miller (right), Construction Project Manager for Center Street's redevelopment.|
|Exterior lighting fixtures, then and now!|