November 19, 2005

Tail o' the Pup

There are rumours that the famed Tail o' the Pup at 329 N. San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood may be closing, or at least moving to a new locale. Development company Regent Properties, which owns the property leased by the hotdog stand, plans to develop condominiums and a retirement community for gays and lesbians on the Pup's current site, according to an article in the L.A. Times.

The L.A. Times also reports that a new location for the popular hotdog stand has already been found - in Westwood Village, near Weyburn, at a Broxton Avenue parking lot. The Tail o' the Pup has been moved at least once already. In 1985, the stand was moved from its original location at 311 North La Cienega, on the northwest corner of Beverly Boulevard, to make way for what became the Sofitel Hotel.

Tail o' the PupThe iconic restaurant was designed by architect Milton J. Black in 1938 and built in 1945. It first opened at its original Beverly Boulevard location in 1946.

Tail o' the Pup is an excellent example of Programmatic Architecture, where the building is designed to resemble the product sold inside. It is also one of a dwindling number of such structures in the Los Angeles area.

Programmatic architecture flourished during the 1930s, 40s and 50s as businesses found new ways to capture the attention of an increasingly automobile-oriented culture. This was especially the case in Los Angeles. Gigantic donuts, tamales, and hotdogs were just a few of the devices used to lure in customers.

Read more about the Tail o' the Pup and its move at in an article from USA Today, and in another by Bob Pool at the Los Angeles Times.

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