HIGHLAND PARK — The L.A. Conservancy reports that the Googie-style facade of the Superior Grocers store has been demolished a few months after Councilman Gil Cedillo sided with the property owner and blocked the historic landmark nomination that would have helped preserve the structure. Instead, the owners of the store are now going ahead with a faux-Craftsman makeover, which is depicted above in a rendering above.
City staff, the Cultural Heritage Commission as well as two neighborhood councils had supported declaring the Figueroa Street market a cultural historic landmark, which would help protect the building’s exterior from changes that would impact its historic character. But Cedillo, who said he was “unencumbered by the past,” said he had to look beyond the concerns of preservationists.
There are not many stand-out examples of mid-century modern buildings in the Highland Park area. Built in 1960, the nearly 34,000-square foot supermarket building was designed by architect Ronald Cleveland, who worked on more than 100 supermarkets, in what some refer to as the Googie Style of architecture, which was popular among the builders of coffee shops and other commercial buildings of the era.