A collection of lost programmatic architecture that once defined Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. Above: The Hollywood Flower Pot in 1920. One source said that the shop was once located at 1124 N. Vine Street while another source said it was located at 1100 N. Vine, which would have been the corner of Vine St. and Santa Monica Blvd. (LAPL 00042105)
The Mushroom Cafe, once located at 3500 W. Olive Ave., now the site of Central Park at Toluca Lake, a high-rise office building. While the Los Angeles Public Library states that the photos is from 1920.
Two photos of the Airplane Cafe on Ventura Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley, c. 1924.
The Jail Cafe was located at 4212 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, c. 1927. The site is now the El Cid Restaurant. Note the guard in the tower.
A waiter in prison guard taking an order. Bread and water was on the house.
The Cornucopia Ice Cream stand at 1934 San Fernando Blvd in 1928. (LAPL 00068651)
The Mother Goose Pantry was a kid-oriented restaurant located at 1955 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA.
In the 1939 novel Day of the Locust, author Nathaniel West reportedly based his Cinderella Bar on the Mother Goose Pantry. West’s Cinderella Bar, however, was a stucco glass slipper where female impersonators entertained customers.
The Round House Cafe, formerly located at 250 N. Virgil Avenue. It originally opened around 1927, but this photo was taken around 1929. (LAPL: 00068647)
The Umbrella Service Station, General Petroleum Gas, circa 1930, once located at 830 South La Brea in Inglewood. By 1946, the gas station was gone and a retail strip center was built on the site.