L.A. Saves Southern California's Best-Preserved Googie DinerAlissa Walker12/04/13 4:40pmFiled to: Landmark Statushistoric preservationarchitectureLos AngelesdinersJohnie's Coffee Shopgoogie231EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Los Angeles City Council ruled last week to give landmark status to Johnie's Coffee Shop, a blue-and-white striped diner in the city's Miracle Mile district. Opened in 1956, the building's dramatic angles and flashy neon made it a darling of L.A.'s newly car-centered culture.Romeo's Times Square by Armet & Davis, 1955. Pencil on paper. Collection of Armet Davis Newlove Architects from the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents exhibitionArchitects Armet & Davis designed plenty of other Googie-style diners in the area, including Pann's, Ship's, and several locations of Big Boy. But Johnie's—originally opened as Romeo's Times Square—is special, in that it has largely retained its integrity, making it one of the best-preserved Googie-style structures in Southern California. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, which nominated the building with a statement written by Googie expert Alan Hess earlier this year, it offers exemplary features for the time period, including a "knuckle" roof and an "egg crate" metal texture on the exterior.