Wednesday, February 03, 2010

La Villa Basque

1960's modern architecture at La Villa Basque
On Sunday, Larry and I attended the Los Angeles Conservancy volunteers annual thank you party. This year, since the Conservancy is celebrating "The '60's Turn 50" and all things modern, our party was at La Villa Basque Restaurant (est. 1960) in the City of Vernon, just south of Downtown Los Angeles. Vernon is an industrial city with some very interesting examples of architecture from the 1920's through the present. The Vernon Light & Power Plant, built in 1929, is a wonderful example of art-deco architecture, inside and out.

La Villa Basqe, Parking Lot Entrance

We just had snacks and lemonade, so we didn't get to try the Basque food, made famous by this restaurant. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.

Dining Room

Fireplace Fountain, Entrance

Original Menu, 1960

The surrounding area is industrial and the restaurant caters to the working population. We must plan a field trip during the week to check out the lunch menu.

Coffee Shop @ La Villa Basque

The architecture of this building is wonderful. the exterior is modern with hints of art-deco influences. The interior is modern with a cool mod-Mediterranean decor. Everything is perfectly preserved and intact from 1960. La Villa Basque is available for private parties in the evenings and weekends. The parking lot is huge and the location is great. I will definitely return.
L.A. Conservancy Volunteers enjoying dessert

La Villa Basque, 2801 Leonis BoulevardVernon, CA 90058, (323) 583-1696

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At 8:00 PM PST, Blogger Jean said...

I like coffee shops, they are simple places and what a delight when the food is especially homey.

At 7:44 AM PST, Blogger dobco said...

It is fun to see all these places through your should become a tour guide!

At 9:40 AM PST, Blogger woolanthropy said...

The fireplace fountain is always a hit for me. Cool little coffee shop too. Did you all wear your berets like they do in the basque region?

At 9:43 PM PST, Blogger mehitabel said...

What a great trip down Memory Lane for me! We had an end-of-year party at La Villa Basque a long time ago, and I've always wanted to go back. Maybe it's time to schedule a day for it!


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