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April 8th, 2003

Best Showrooms

A number of years ago, I was taking a 3D design class in college. Our teacher brought in slides one day of some very cool buildings. They were part of the Best store chain, and had some of the most unique architecture I had seen in quite some time.

Since then, I’ve been searching in vain for more information on these buildings. I found it strange that it was difficult to get this info from the web – but it was, until yesterday. Good blogger Jerry Kindall reposted a link from MetaFilter that featured, yes, Best Showroom Architecture.

And since I read the article and saw the pictures yesterday, I have been in awe. I absolutely love these buildings, and want to get as much information on them as possible. So good. So very good. How can you not love this?

I am really intrigued by the idea of challenging architecture in the suburbs, and it’s a shame to learn that most of these buildings are gone, replaced by simple big boxes.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Greg C
DATE: Tuesday April 8, 2003 -- 4:42:20 pm
I don't know specifics on the architecture, but our Best store here in Sacramento won quite a few awards when it was built. When it was initially built, they didn't put an entrance on the building, but left a corner unfinished...

Then, they put the entrance in the corner. Where the bricks hadn't been finished off, they made a matching piece of building on a roller that perfectly fit the bricks on the building.

After closing, they would wheel the piece of building in place, so from a distance, it looked like the building had no entrance.

After Best went out of business, Best Buy (odd, that) purchased it and opened a store there. They remodeled the building to remove the unique removable corner.


FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Tuesday April 8, 2003 -- 5:51:40 pm
Wow, I'd never heard of this before, but it's definitely enlightening. Too bad too many people think so much as drones... that's what leads to the "Bungalow"-ism that Berwyn and outlying suburbs around Paul and my home turf are known for. It'd be nice to see more people take risks with architecture, push the envelope.

I absolutely love the "split" nature of the one building with the trees growing in it. Reminds me of the Frank Lloyd Wright home and museum in Oak Park, IL which has a tree growing up through the house that was pre-existing before the house was built.

Thanks for the Ping, Paul... :) Very educational.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday April 9, 2003 -- 9:31:44 am
Greg -- that building with the removable entrance sounds incredible... any pictures of it around? Please send me some for my school project! :)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday April 9, 2003 -- 9:55:39 am
I'm doing a school project on bricks and I NEED PICTURES for a good grade, got any pictures send me info xoxo

FROM: Greg C [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 2:28:04 pm
Well preview doesn't seem to work...

This is the only picture I was able to find, and it was embedded in a PDF. I wish it was in color, but the building itself was white so it doesn't matter too much.


FROM: Greg
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 2:28:35 pm

FROM: Greg [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 2:29:10 pm
Am I not able to embed images into pings?

Sacramento Best

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 2:52:00 pm
Looks like it might be a dead link?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday April 11, 2003 -- 8:23:19 am
The link works, the img tag doesn't.

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