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The Burger That Ate L.A.

We all know that programmatic architecture in Los Angeles was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s, but here’s an example of a programmatic structure, during the 1980s and 1990s…  The Burger That Ate L.A. was a latecomer in Los Angeles' venerable pantheon of fantasy architecture. It ranked up there with Randy's  Donuts and Tail o' the Pup.  The Burger That Ate L.A . held its own on trendy Melrose Ave.  The bun-shaped dome once de voured the corner of Stanley Avenue.  The unconventional facade (with sesame seeds) was  shaped like a giant cheeseburger had glass bricks forming as ketchup and oozing with onions. The structure also appeared to have a missing bite chomping on  City Hall.   Its  outdoor dining area provided front-row seats to Melrose's street scene and wacky theater of the kooky and absurd.  Inside,  you were most likely to sit under a portion of the ceiling that looked like a huge tomato slice. This amazing  attempt  at wackiness was designed by Solberg and Lo

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