Traveling by the Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles: The Donut Hole

Follow along: Page 450 of the Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles. (The Guidebook publishes in late November, but you can pre-order your copy here.)

We may be biased, but we think LA has some of the best (and most amusing!) programmatic architecture that you can find anywhere. The drive-through Donut Hole in La Puente is a charming salute to both sugary treats and LA’s enduring car culture. 


From the upcoming Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles:

The Donut Hole 1968 • John Tindall; Ed McCreany; Jesse Hood • 15300 Amar Rd., La Puente The first of the Donut Hole establishments was built in 1963 in Covina; by the end of the 1960s, there were five Southern California examples. In these Programmatic buildings, you drive through the hole in the giant doughnut, pick up your sack of littler ones, and then exit through a large doughnut at the other end. The whole experience is consummated without you having to exit your car.

Based on Gebhard and Winter's An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles