Renovation Reveals a SoCal Building's First Façade
By Alysia Gray Painter ••
Oh, the secrets that Southern California's storied structures can surprisingly tell after many years of silent dormancy.
One day a building is undergoing a thorough renovation, and then, whoa, something is seen: A nicely intact façade, from a long-ago era, one that still possesses panache and plenty of historical importance.
That just happened, at 800 Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, as a crew readied a building for Howlin' Rays, Nashville Hot Chicken in LA.
Beneath the structure's street-facing front, which had stood for almost four decades? Stunning '20s-era signage for Adohr Milk Farms.
As for what's next for this surprising slice of local architectural archeology? Howlin' Rays will keep the sign up when the restaurant opens, bringing some additional vintage flair to the Arroyo Parkway, a thoroughfare that still possesses plenty of Route 66 cachet.