East Los Angeles, California: Tamale-Shaped Building

Former Mexican fast food stand shaped like a plump tamale. Built in 1928. Last survivor of several novelty buildings that once lined what was called "Oddball Row." Various un-tamale tenants since 1984. Currently vacant.

6421 Whittier Blvd, East Los Angeles, CA
NW of the corner Whittier Blvd and Mobile Ave.
Daylight Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Tamale building.

Tamale-Shaped Building

The building was made to resemble a tamale.

[Sabin, 03/03/2018]

An amusing example of programmatic architecture -- a building shaped like one of the popular food items served when it was a Mexican fast food stand. The connection is lost now that the structure is inhabited by a beauty parlor.

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