Friday, April 17, 2015

The Arcadia Windmill!

Yes, there is a Dutch style windmill in Arcadia, California.  The building was a Van de Kamp's "Holland Dutch Bakery" restaurant completed in 1967.  It's now a Denny's and the last surviving windmill-topped restaurant in Southern California.  Denny's wanted to demolish the windmill in 1999 but loud protests from residents changed their mind.  So this example of Googie architecture is still there.  It's across the street from a scheduled plein air painting location at Arcadia Park.  We were there a couple weeks ago and nothing caught my eye to paint at the park.  I had to try my first windmill with the bluish morning mountains behind.  


5 x 7" Gouache



14 comments:

  1. It's fantastic!

    btw - there actually is one left...well maybe it doesn't qualify because it doesn't have the propeller thingy but it's in Lake Los Angeles.

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    1. Thanks Liz! Yes, the LA Conservancy says it's the last windmill-topped restaurant here. Doubt the Lake Los Angeles place was a Van de Kamp's out in the desert (AC covering on the roof). There is an old Van de Kamp's windmill-less tower on So. Figueroa. http://tinyurl.com/kk8vqhk

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  2. Perfect colour placement Sherry, so much is popping making an interesting work

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  3. Hello Sherry:) Wow, you make beautiful landscapes. You have a great style. Love it! Have a nice weekend:)

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  4. You made this work beautifully, Sherry. Who would think a Denny's restaurant could look so good?

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    1. Thanks Terry, this one was interesting...

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