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Visual Survey of Low-Rise Commercial Building in San Fernando Valley

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Stylistic Trends and Influences in Commercial Building Renovations

These 71 photos were taken on October 23, 2002. The following remarks serves as a critique by Paul Lindblad.

Gelsons and Ralphs compete for the most Disneyesque architecture.

The winner of the best architecture in the commercial catagory in the San Fernando Valley goes to Spector Plaza. Evocative of early Frank Llyod Wright 's Unity Temple, one wonders if it was designed by his grandson.

Though this photographer omitted picturing the pervasive crass design of most of the buildings along Ventura Boulevard, the award for the least style employed goes to goes by the moniker of 'Facade Frame'.

City National and Italy 2000 do interpret a minimalist Euro-inspired design theme, while Italy Villa harkens the observer to Venice's palatial buildings of the 1300s.

The Rehab Twins solved two problems - somewhat. One problem was the limitation in renovation given by the original rigid repetitive plainess of the fenetration and facade. The second problem was having the original not identically detailed two squareish towers immediately adjacent - which caused visual dissonance.

Pixel Center is a project so-o-o early 1980s which most likely was done on an early version of AutoCad (computer drawing program).

The post-1994 earthquake Northridge-area Classic-derived shopping, theatre, restaurant, bank and super market buildings are grouped in a quad-like arrangement around an unfortunate plaza of car parking. The out-sized clock reminds the observer that the ambience is truly Alice-in-Wonderland.

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