Modesto Modernism

Though there are excellent examples of Victorian and early 20th century architecture in Modesto, the city is best known for its collection of Modernist buildings and landscapes. From the late 1920s to the early 1970s, local, regional, and nationally well known architects and landscape architects including Christopher Alexander, Anshen and Allen, John Funk, Joseph Escherick, Thomas Church, Lawrence Halprin, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Wurster, and many others designed for the people of Modesto. Watch the video below for an introduction to Modesto Modernism, then download a guide and take a tour of some of the great mid 20th century architecture in California.

Modesto Modernism Movie Guide

One of Modesto’s finest Modernist buildings, the 1939 Hall of Records designed by Modesto architect Russell Guerne DeLappe, is celebrated in a limited edition fine art print commissioned by the Modesto Art Museum. The print, first in a series, was designed by Jordi Camps and printed by Paul Acevedo, and is also available as a postcard. Details soon.