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Icons of Northern California Modernist Architecture

By Pierluigi Serraino


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Many people think modernist architecture never flowered in California north of the San Fernando Valley. NorCalMod dispels that notion in a copiously illustrated history showcasing extraordinary examples of its proud contribution to the Bay Area and environs. As a style, modernist architecture was hotly debated in its day (why create modern structures where such distinctive Victorian and Arts and Crafts buildings already existed?) pulling heavyweights such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Lewis Mumford, and Walter Gropius into the fray. Ultimately, that existing "Bay Region Style" would remain the area's architectural hallmark, but not before hundreds of important modernist projects, many still standing yet unjustly neglected today, had been established. The remarkable photos in this book open our eyes to a long-lost chapter in the history of California architecture and make NorCalMod a volume to be enjoyed by those interested in California history and style as well as by architecture students and professionals.

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Size: 10 x 8-1/4 in;
Pages: 288 pp;
300 color and B/W photographs
Format: Hardcover
Publication: July 2006
ISBN: 9780811843539
ISBN10: 081184353X
Pierluigi Serraino is an architect, theorist, and writer. Trained in Rome and California, he is the author of several books, including Modernism Rediscovered. He lives in Berkeley, California.