Vista del Arroyo Menus, Pasadena, CA, 1927

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Originally built in 1920, the Vista del Arroyo is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but is known today by its more business-like moniker, the Richard H. Chambers United States Court of Appeals. Pretty cool courthouse, if you ask me. The original Spanish Colonial Revival architecture featured just two stories (as pictured above), but additional stories were added in the 1930s in the same style. The building served as War Department’s McCornack General Hospital during World War 2, and for a few years afterward.

Aside from revealing a sketch of the building from its earliest days, the font on the dinner menu is what sets it apart — the dropped “T” is over-the-top Art Deco, and the lettering is sublime. You can tell by the layout that this menu was originally a piece of stock pre-preinted letterhead, with the dinner menu printed on it afterwards (if it had all been designed together, the “y” and the “P” probably wouldn’t dip into “Dinner” like they do).

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