Sunday, June 29, 2008

sunday drive: arizona avenue

Only in Santa Monica does Texas touch Arizona. Texas Avenue becomes Arizona Avenue at Centinela, and continues due West to the Ocean.

It's a secondary path- halfway situated between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, quite narrow and totally residential on the eastern edge, the intertwined cottages and older apartment buildings live in harmony. The street widens as it crosses twenty sixth street, and then the usage becomes much more blended with office buildings, medical centers, the fire station and a faux Tudor funeral parlor. There is art nouveau, deco, streamline moderne, and mid century modernism along its path, with a few postmodern structures downtown thrown in for contrast.

It finally terminates at Ocean Avenue, with a view of the ocean and the glamorous Shangri La Hotel, in the midst of restoration. For your amusement, Arizona Avenue, glimpses of buildings and signage old and new:











































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4 comments:

TankMontreal said...

Your love of Santa Monica is palatable - and contagious, I might add. Great pics.

Miss Janey said...

great pics today...

ewe said...

I think i would like it there. Everyone says it is so nice.

Willym said...

I'm finally getting caught up on the Sunday drives I've missed. You know you've got the makings of a book here don't you?