Holiday Bowl, 3730 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
Significance: Constructed in 1958, and operated by Japanese businessmen, the Holiday Bowl became an ethically diverse community center to area residents. It was originally open 24 hours a day to accommodate the irregular schedules of many industrial workers, especially aerospace employees. Though ineligible for the National Register of Historic Places, the Holiday Bowl is locally important for its historic and cultural associations with the Japanese-American and African-American communities of Los Angeles. Built in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, the Holiday Bowl is significant as a local landmark to the rise of Nisei bowling and the development of new venues for social life in the post-World War II period. The "attached" coffee shop stands out as a good architectural representative of the Googie style. On December 19, 200, the coffee shop portion of the Holiday Bowl was formally designated a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1038
Survey number: HABS CA-2775
Building/structure dates: 1957-1958 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1969 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: ca. 1970- before. 1980 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: ca. 1990- before. 2000 Subsequent Work