This building at 12244 W. Pico Blvd. is an example of programmatic architecture. It was designed to look like a particular object, in this case a bowl of chili. This architectural style was often employed to catch the eye of passing drivers and drum up business.
Currently the home of Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs, it was built in 1931 by Art Whizin as part of a chain of Chili Bowl restaurants that reached 23 locations at its peak. During WWII Santa Monica’s Douglas Aircraft plant asked Whizin to keep the location open 24 hours a day for its night shift workers. If you’re looking for the bathrooms inside, don’t bother, they’re outside!
- More Info:
- "The chili's gone but the restaurant-size bowls remain" - Los Angeles Times
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