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Welcome to Fabulous Los Angeles Jetport

Written by Christopher • September 28th, 2009
Welcome to Fabulous Los Angeles Jetport

This is Los Angeles International Airport (Jetport), it was built in the late 1950s and was at the time one of the biggest airports in America. They first envisioned it to be even bigger in the anticipation of the “jet age” with lots of terminals and buildings connected through a huge steel-and-glass dome building but the plan was deemed unrealistic and scrapped.

Instead the famous LAX landmark “Theme Building” was built. It was designed by architecture firm Pereira & Luckman who made it resemble a UFO that had landed in the middle of the parking lot. The building still stands there today and with its Googie designed look it should attract anyone with a interest in retro futuristic design. It also features a restaurant called “Encounter” which opened in 1997.

At one time the roof of the building was open for spectators but it was closed due to security concerns after the 9/11 attacks.

Christopher

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Hayley

    Jet Port, that sounds so funny. I think it sounds really cool though.

  • Fantastic post of one of my favorite California landmarks. Great postcards.

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  • So fun! I love those postcards!

  • This is indeed a great airport landmark and historic place!

  • fabulous! the airport have a unique design compared to other airports. It looks really great. ok, if you want to have good flight services with good price you can count on LMT. They can also find you a good hotel with good price. I love their great deals!

  • It looks like a shopping mall. It's really different. yes this airport is unique it doesn't look like airport because of the style of the building.

  • Beautiful airport! And as what they are saying it really look like a shopping mall because of the design of the building.

  • wanna try it out…

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