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Stanley Hong's Mannia Cafe , Detroit, MI (restaurant)
freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 2991
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2012-12-11 3:35 pm   Permalink

Name:Stanley Hong's Mannia Cafe
Type:restaurant
Street:265 E Baltimore Ave
City:Detroit
State:MI
Zip:48202
country:USA
Phone:873-4416
Status:defunct

Description:
A Chinese Restaurant & "Tiki Bar" in a striking Googie building in an industrial area of Detroit. The restaurant was opened in 1968, was closed "sometime in the '90s" and converted into a church, which is now also defunct.







Stanley's Mannia Cafe in 2009.

The now gutted interior.




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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11156
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-12-11 6:23 pm   Permalink

Wow! What a cool Googie ruin! I say this MUST have been built as a church initially! WHO was the architect...

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11156
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-12-12 3:32 pm   Permalink

One reason why I am thinking this was a church first (or maybe built from plans for one) is that the front obviously was inspired this 1947 Frank Lloyd Wright church, one of the earliest A-frame buildings:



An architectural historian friend of mine thought it could be a Minoru Yamasaki church:





...but I don't think so - maybe somebody from his office?


 
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