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Novelty architecture is a type of architecture in which buildings and other structures are given unusual shapes as a novelty, such as advertising, notoriety as a landmark, or simple eccentricity of the owner or architect. Many examples of novelty architecture take the form of buildings that resemble the products sold inside to attract drive-by customers. Others are attractions all by themselves, such as giant animals, fruits, and vegetables, or replicas of famous buildings. And others are merely unusual shapes or made of unusual building materials. Many novelties were constructed as roadside attractions as the national highway system in the United States expanded during the 1920s and 1930s.
Randy’s Donuts is a landmark building in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles International Airport, designed by Henry J. Goodwin in the early 1950s as the second location of the now-defunct Big Donut Drive-In chain by Russell C. Wendell, a donut machine salesman. There were 10 locations, built over the course of the 1950s. Photography: you-are-hereConey Island in Bailey, Colorado is a 1950s diner shaped like a giant hot dog, with toppings. It has indoor seating, courtyard seating and riverside picnic table seating. It was originally built in 1966 on Colfax Ave. in Denver, but in 1970, under new ownership, the stand was moved to the Rocky Mountain town of Aspen Park. The popularity of the stand was such that its last day open in Aspen Park, “the waiting line extended literally for miles”. On March 18, 2006, the stand was moved again, 17 miles down U.S. Highway 285 to its present location in Bailey.
Photographer: Johnwolfman via wikipediaMammy’s Cupboard (founded 1940) is a roadside restaurant, located on US Highway 61 south of Natchez, Mississippi. The woman’s skirt holds a dining room and a gift shop. The skirt is made out of bricks, and the earrings are horseshoes. Photographer: Infrogmation via wikipedia
The Airplane Service Station was built in 1930 by brothers Elmer and Henry Nickle in the shape of an airplane. Their intent was to increase business by having a service station that was visually unique. Located at 6829 Clinton Highway in Powell, a neighborhood in Knox County, Tennessee, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photographer: Brian Stansberry via wikipedia
The Donut Hole is a bakery and landmark in La Puente, California. The building is shaped like two giant donuts through which customers drive to place their orders. The first Donut Hole opened in 1963, in Covina, California. The shop in La Puente was the second to open, in 1968, and was followed by three others. Photography: californiathroughmylens
Some hotel casinos in Las Vegas can be considered novelty architecture.
Ceasers Palace | Photography: wikipedia
Excalibur Hotel and Casino | Photography: wikipedia
Luxor Las Vegas | Photography: wikipedia
Paris Las Vegas | Photography: wikipedia
New York-New York Hotel & Casino | Photography: wikipedia
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino | Photography: wikipedia
You can see something similar in Villagio Shopping Mall in Doha, Qatar. source: wikipedia.org
So, what do you think about novelty architecture?
My opinion… Well, why not if people enjoy it!
Still, it is not one of my favorite architectural styles