Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bowling, Food & Motels - Ala La Habra, CA

Lest November pass without a post, I offer you a quick trip down to Southern California to check out a short stretch of Whittier Boulevard in La Habra.

Let's begin with a quick game of ten-pins at La Habra 300 Bowl. Here’s the Great Sign beckoning the community at large to pause for recreation:



The obligatory attached coffee shop (w/boomerang roofline of course):


After bowling, we’ll want to visit the 13th frame for some refreshment:


Inside the lounge, the interior is typically dark and relaxing…


Now, let’s have dinner at the charming little Chicken Box. I hear they have excellent broasted chicken:


After all that food, I’m tired…So let’s pick a place to bed down for the night. It’s either the La Habra Motel…



Or the trusty old Hyland:



How long has the Hyland been around you ask?

Well…Long enough to have a pre-Kodachrome postcard:


My apologies (as usual) for the infrequent posts.
Take care!!!

11 comments:

Chris Jepsen said...

The La Habra 300 Bowl is one of Orange County's lesser-known treasures, and is a frequent stop when I give architectural tours. In a way, it's like three googie buildings in one. The sign out front was recently refurbished and still retains its charm.

For the record, this was also the site of the world's first 900 game (Glenn Allison, 1982), making it a landmark among bowlers.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

A truly wonderful post. Great work. Appreciated.

walterworld said...

Chris: Thanks for adding the additional info on La Habra 300 Bowl; rolling a 900 series would be quite an achievement.

And I'm glad to hear that the sign has been refurbished; the pictures on the post were taken in Summer 2006 & 2007...

How often do you hold architectural tours? Are they for the general public? Do you have a published schedule?

Viewliner: Glad you liked the post. Your blog is among my favorites and I appreciate your work as well.

Now if I could just find a way to post more frequently... :)

Take care---

Chris Jepsen said...

I run a tour now and then, whenever someone talks me into it. Nothing formal or financially rewarding. I'm also kind of limited to about three people, since I can't cram more than that into my car comfortably.

walterworld said...

Thanks for the info Chris...

I'm sure your tours are fascinating. I try to cover a lot of ground when I'm in town for a visit, but there's a vast ammount of buildings and sites in the OC and LA basin I haven't laid eyes on as yet.

Take care!

Namowal said...

I found a picture of the restored harbor bowl sign. The color probably isn't original (I'm thinking orange and/or cyan) but since most magnificent signs like this get torn down, I can't complain.
Here's a view at night

walterworld said...

Thanks for those links Namowal!

On the one hand I'm happy that they cared enough to restore the sign, but on the other I'm sad to see the colors change and the crossed Pro Shop/Coffee Shop part of the sign disappear.

You can't have it all I guess!

The night shot is sweet---I'll have to pay a visit after sundown the next time around.

Thanks for visiting...

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That kind of motels is the where I really want to stay. Because I have beautiful rooms and also I can enjoy myself with bowling or other in door games.

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This is truly breath-taking view, hope to drop by again very soon.

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