Following the post on UPA’s logo, Ward Jenkins asks if I have any photos of the UPA studio that was designed by John Lautner in 1949. Within this building, many classics of 1950s animation were created including GERALD MCBOING BOING, THE TELL-TALE HEART, UNICORN IN THE GARDEN, ROOTY TOOT TOOT and the Mr. Magoo shorts. Sadly the building was torn down many years ago, but below are some 1950s-era photos of the studio. The more famous Los Angeles landmark that Lautner completed in 1949 was Googie’s Restaurant. In the early-1950s, critic Douglas Haskell dubbed an entire school of commercial archicture after Lautner’s building, and thus the Googie style was born. Ironically, Lautner’s design of the UPA animation studio, the place where one might most expect to find the whimsical and cartoonish elements of the Googie style, was free of any such excesses. The UPA studio instead had a sort of industrial modern esthetic and incorporated vaulted roofs made of corrugated metal, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and exposed steel beams inside of the building.