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Tail of the Pup

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

While not significant architecture in the eyes of some, this type of architectural kitsch was once quite common, but sadly, most is now gone. Tail of the Pup sat on the west side of San Vicente near the Beverly Center, 329 N. San Vicente Boulevard when these phots were taken. But this was its second location. Its third location was a stoage facility in Torrance. We are still waiting to know its fourth location.

The hot dog shaped icon was designed in 1938 by Milton Black and constructed in 1945 at its original location at La Cienega and Beverly Boulevards, and opened in June 1946. Threatened with destruction in 1985, it re-opened in 1986 on San Vicente. This 17 foot long example of "programmatic" design was pronounced a City of Los Angeles cultural landmark.

Pages of other similar architecture in this web site: Johnie's Coffee Shop Restaurant, Bob's Big Boy, Showboat (gone).
Tail of the Pup
Open. Photo Date: 7-20-03.
Tail of the Pup
It closes about 4:00 on Sundays. Photo Date: 12-16-01

Photo Date: 1-15-05.

Photo Date: 1-15-05.

Photo Date: 1-15-05.
The Tail of the Pup has now closed at the San Vicente Location, leaving only the kitchen behind. The hot dog exterior is in storage, pending a move to an as yet undetermined location.

Photo Date: 3-19-06.

Photo Date: 3-19-06.

Photo Date: 3-19-06.

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