Coffee Pot.

Coffee Pot Building

Field review by the editors.

Long Beach, California

This small octagonal brick building does not resemble a coffee pot, but perched atop its low domed roof is a large, arty, angular percolator made of metal and glass. Opened in 1932 as the Hot Cha Cafe coffeehouse, the building has outlasted a variety of subsequent non-coffee businesses, but the coffee pot is still on the roof. It was declared a Long Beach historic landmark in 1991.

According to a bronze plaque bolted to the building, "fantasy architecture" was a design trend in the 1920s and '30s, but most of its examples have been demolished. Maybe this one was spared because it was mild and relatively decaffeinated.

Coffee Pot Building

Address:
957 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA
Directions:
East of downtown, on the north side of E. 4th St., opposite its intersection with Bonito Ave. and a McDonald's.
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