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Exhibition: Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture, 1954-1964

  • 00:00 - 10 April, 2014
Exhibition: Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture, 1954-1964
Exhibition: Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture, 1954-1964, Holiday Bowl / © Jack Laxer
Holiday Bowl / © Jack Laxer

Text by Isaac Wilhelm:

Patrons of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles may want to consider wearing comfortable socks to view the new exhibit Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964, on display from April 11, 2014, through May 11, 2014. Providing a deeper appreciation for the family heirloom bowling trophy on the fire mantle, the exhibit showcases the architecture of bowling in the 1950s. The retro design style and obsession with the sport of bowling at this time generated a desire for architecturally intriguing bowling centers.

Commonly open 24 hours a day in the 1950s, bowling centers incorporated features such as fine restaurants, cocktail lounges, and live entertainment. The projects of this exhibit are not about the sport of bowling or the centers, but rather the culture that emerged. Do not contemplate how many lanes are in the exhibit’s bowling centers, but instead imagine the blonde beauty sitting at the cocktail bar sipping on a martini during the local men’s league championship tournament.

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Cite: "Exhibition: Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture, 1954-1964" 10 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/494957/exhibition-bowlarama-california-bowling-architecture-1954-1964/> ISSN 0719-8884
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