Category Archives: Oddball Architecture

Offbeat L.A.: Sauerkraut, Stout and a Side of Surreality… Old World Village in Huntington Beach

We are living in a time that is moving much too quickly. Technology is always one step ahead of us, and the gathering and processing of information comes at us from all directions, pretty much non-stop. Our outside environment, controlled … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Bewitching Mosaic Sculptures of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido, CA

It is not hard to enchant me. I am captivated quite easily by things of beauty, places of mystery, anything that calls to my heart, my soul and my imagination. And yet the spellbinding mosaic sculptures of French/American artist Niki … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: 100+ Los Angeles Area Liquor Store Signs- A Photographic Essay of the Vintage, Obscure & the Odd

All photographs by Nikki Kreuzer As our city’s colorful past is slowly absorbed into the high tech future, erasing much of what we felt would long survive us, it feels good to take comfort in what remains. Memories are very … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cafe Jack- A Kitschy Boat Shaped “Titantic” Themed Restaurant in Koreatown

I must say, I live for programmatic architecture. Although its heyday of popularity has long passed, the inner child in me does a happy cartwheel for a giant donut or any other building shaped like the product it sells. And … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Video Explores the Technicolor Beauty of the Mosaic Tile House in Venice

Originally published September 13, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat The beach side neighborhood of Venice has long had a reputation as an artistic community. As a mosaic artist myself, I was intrigued by an amazing house in Venice, known … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Watts Towers… A Common Man’s Dreams Pieced Together in Mosaic and Steel

Originally published May 31, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Emerging, like shimmering spires breaking up an otherwise desolate landscape, Watts Towers rise majestically and triumphantly over a neighborhood whose reputation has long been rooted in turmoil. They are the … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: An Octopus’s Garden- The Weird & Wonderful 1960s Sea Monster Sculptures of Benjamin Dominguez

Originally published April 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat “I’d like to be under the sea, In an octopus’s garden in the shade… We would sing and dance around, Because we know we can’t be found, In an octopus’s … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Kitsch & Schnitzel- The Alpine Village in Torrance

Originally published December 27, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Got a craving for sausages, schnitzel, potato pancakes or a giant pretzel? How about an extra large side of kitsch served up with that schnitzel? A short trip down to … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Attack of the Giant Donuts – It’s not just Randy’s: The History of Los Angeles’ Big Ones

Originally published June 6, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Doughnuts have been around far longer than our city, or even our country for that matter. Ancient Greeks and Romans served fried dough bits with honey, Medieval Arabs dipped theirs … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Sexy Space Age – The Theme Building at LAX

Originally published May 30, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Poised in the center of Los Angeles International Airport like a flying saucer that has just landed is the iconic Theme Building. Looking at the graceful lines of its space … Continue reading

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