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A Googie Zoo for L.A.

May 13, 2007 |  7:03 am

 

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May 13, 1957
Los Angeles

Let's suppose you have a large parcel of property near downtown Los Angeles bordered by the Pasadena, Golden State and Hollywood Freeways, then known as the "Industrial Freeway." To be sure, you could put a Major League Baseball team there.

 

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Or you could build the world's largest zoo, which is what architects Vernon Duckett and his partner Mr. Jenkins of Duckett & Jenkins proposed as a replacement for the facility in Griffith Park. I love this design; so 1950s and crazy. A Googie Zoo!!

 

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The zoo would be divided into five zones, the Holarctic, South America, Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa, and would use natural barriers, moats, streams, simulated cliffs and camouflaged steel wires.

 

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The Times noted that construction of the zoo depended on the passage of Proposition B, which would set aside $6.6 million for the project.

 

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And in case you're curious, Dodger Stadium would have been somewhere in the Southeast Asia section.

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