General Use Commercial Building
White Spot Restaurant
601 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
Determined Eligible to the National Register, 9/30/2009, 5DV.10388
The 1967 White Spot Restaurant was nominated for its architectural significance as an intact representative of an increasingly rare surviving expression of Modern architecture, the Googie style popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Representative features of the style embodied in the White Spot's design include the freestanding building surrounded by ample parking; eye-catching roof with exposed trusses, polygonal roof planes, and widely overhanging eaves; expanses of plate glass windows; juxtaposition of exterior materials, including stone veneer, brick, and stucco; and linkage of the interior and exterior through the use of materials, forms, and geometric shapes. The interior design of the restaurant continues the Googie theme with features such as the sloping ceiling and exposed laminated wood trusses; plastic laminate-clad counter with cantilevered stools; angled aisle; stone veneer wall sections; and extensive use of booth seating. The building was designed by noted Googie architects Armet and Davis out of Los Angeles, California.