California Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 4)

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former Friend Paper Company
Pasadena, CA
The Friend Paper Company building was built in 1964. It was designed by Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams. Around 2007, the building's facade was saved and integrated into retail space. A new condo building was added behind it. For more, see this website. [map]

Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena, CA
Montrose Bike Shop
Montrose, CA
The Norton Simon Museum was established in 1922 as the Pasadena Art Institute. The name was changed to the Pasadena Art Museum in 1954. The building shown above was completed in 1969. It was designed by local architects, Ladd & Kelsey. In 1975, the museum was was renamed after Norton Simon. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Montrose Bike Shop building was constructed in 1962. The bike shop was the original tenant. [map]

Frames & Lens
South Gate, CA
Mentone Plaza
Mentone, CA
This Frames & Lens store has a tiki-looking roof. My theory is that this was the office space for the adjacent Capri Apartments which were built in 1959 and may have originally been a motel. Can anyone confirm or correct this? [map]

Mentone Plaza was built in 1963. It originally housed Mentone Liquor and Deli. It was built by Swen Larson. [map]

Yucca Valley Liquors
Yucca Valley, CA
Yucca Valley Liquors was built in 1955. It features a sloping roof and rock details. There is also neon lettering along the roofline. [map]

Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Santa Rosa, CA
This structure at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery is known as Madelyne's Chapel. It was built in 1965. [map]

Turlock Memorial Park
Turlock, CA
This mausoleum at Turlock Memorial Park appears to be from the 1960s.

former Cottage Shop
Woodland Hills, CA
The Cottage Shop furniture store building was built in 1967. In 1969, the building housed the Woodland Casual furniture store. It was vacant when these photos were taken in 2013. Since 2016, the building has housed AGWC Rockin' Rescue. For more, see this website. [map]

Acme Auto Sales
Rialto, CA
Norwalk Indoor Swap Meet
Norwalk, CA
The Acme Auto Sales structure was built in 1963 for the Rialto Car Wash. By 1969, it was housing a taxi service. It began housing Acme Auto Sales in 1972. This photo is from 2013. By 2016, the structure was housing Exoduz Auto Group. [map]

The Norwalk Indoor Swap Meet was built as a Unimart in 1962. The building later housed a Two Guys. [map]

Samaritan Apothecary Pharmacy
San Jose, CA
The hexagon-shaped Samaritan Apothecary Pharmacy was built as part of the Samaritan Medical Center in 1968. [map]

Nut Tree Plaza
Vacaville, CA
Octopus' Garden
Santa Cruz, CA
This Nut Tree Plaza building was built in the late 1950s. It was used as a food stand and ice cream pavilion. The Nut Tree was established in 1921 as a roadside stand. It became a tourist destination in the 1950s with a restaurant, bakery, gift shop and toy shop. The Nut Tree closed in 1996. All of the buildings but the one shown above were demolished for the development of the Nut Tree mall which opened in 2009. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This Boardwalk building that now houses Octopus' Garden has had these fins since at least 1967. For more, see this website. [map]

former Berkeley Art Museum
Berkeley, CA
The Berkeley Art Museum was designed by Mario Ciampi and built in 1970. The Museum closed in 2015 and will reopen at a new location in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]