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Saturday, April 26, 2008

It takes a word

I like architecture. But, I know very little about it. Architecturally, I like to think I know what looked good then, what looks good now, and what will look good in the future. I also have a knack for spotting buildings that were slapped together on the cheap without benefit of a proper architectural plan. (We have a lot of those around here.) I can't explain it. I don't know the terminology. It's just something I do. And, I fully acknowledge that I'm not the only one.

Anyway, tonight I was kind of surprised to find local landmark, Mr. Eggroll, show up on Flickr. My first thought was ugh, I don't like that building. But, then I read the photographer's description:

With the passing of the Parkmoor in Clayton, Missouri, this may just be the Googiest restaurant anywhere near St. Louis. The lettering along the roofline? Mirrored.

I'm impressed. Googie. Never heard of it. So, I read the wiki article and suddenly, I have a new appreciation for the Mr. Eggroll building. However, I am a little disturbed because I have a recollection of this building before that thing was put on the top. I believe the top was added to represent something of a Chinese nature. I could be wrong. Not sure. What was there before? Was it a gas station? Anyone remember?

Posted by Marie at April 26, 2008 10:31 PM


I'm pretty sure there was a bank there. It had a large sign that showed the time and temperature but I don't remember if it's the same building.

Posted by: kath at April 27, 2008 1:29 PM

Thanks, Kath. I remember that now.

Posted by: Marie at April 27, 2008 11:03 PM