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Coffee shop architect Eldon Davis dies at 94




Classic Eldon Davis coffee shops in Los Angeles include Johnie's and Pann's.
Classic Eldon Davis coffee shops in Los Angeles include Johnie's and Pann's.
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The father of California coffee shop design has died. Eldon Davis was the architect who designed many landmark L.A. diners, including Norm's, Johnie's and Pann's. The style he pioneered was known as "Googie" modernism, and has influenced the landscape of Southern California as well as the look and feel of diners across the country. Architect and historian Alan Hess wrote the book on Googie architecture. He tells us more about Davis's legacy.

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