Two more examples of fabulous signs in prime Googie style.
Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank:
This is actually the very first building done for the chain by architect Wayne McAllister; it’s been sitting there in Burbank since 1949 and was declared a California Point of Historical Interest in 1993. Which is more than merited, because McAllister and his very distinct take on form, function, color and fun paved the way from Streamline Modern to Googie.
Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank was designed as a drive-in and the present owners revived the car-hop service (at least on weekends). They also restored the Big Boy’s sign to its full glory. Well done, I say.
Another chain of diners, very unique to SoCal, is Norms:
This sign is already a slightly later adaption of the original style, which can be seen here. But the basic strong language of form and color never changed, which is laudable. The first Norms was designed by the architectural firm of Armet & Davis, a company enormously influential in defining this very Californian style of the ’50s.
And yes, Norms never closes – since 1949.