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California Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 7)

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Peace Pagoda
San Francisco, CA
former Emporium
San Francisco, CA
The Peace Pagoda was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi and built in 1968. It was a gift from Osaka, Japan which is San Francisco's sister city. [map]

This former Emporium department store was built in 1951 as part of the Stonestown Mall. The buildings, including this one, were designed by Welton Becket. This building has housed a Macy's store since 1996. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

American Trust Bank Building
San Francisco, CA
The American Trust Bank Building was built in 1959. It was designed by Hertzka & Knowles and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The building now houses E*Trade Financial. [map]

County Fair Building
San Francisco, CA
The County Fair Building is located in Golden Gate Park. It was built in 1961 as the Hall of Flowers. It was renamed the County Fair Building in the 1980s. [map]

Scottish Rite Masonic Center
San Francisco, CA
The Scottish Rite Masonic Center was designed by Albert F. Roller and built in 1963. The screen reliefs were created by Millard Sheets. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Valente Marini Perata & Co.
San Francisco, CA
The Valente Marini Perata & Co. funeral company was established in 1888. These signs were installed in 1959. For more, see this website. [map]

civic buildings
Daly City, CA
These civic buildings house the Department of Library and Recreation Services and the Administration and Doelger Senior Center. I believe they were built in either the late 1950s or early 1960s. [map]

Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
The Oracle Arena was originally known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, also known as the Oakland Coliseum Arena. It was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and built in 1966. In 2006, it became the Oracle Arena. For more, see this website. [map]

Elks Lodge
San Jose, CA
This Elks Lodge appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

702 Minnesota Ave.
San Jose, CA
Hexaplex
Chester, CA
Acme Painting Service
Santa Clara, CA
This building at 702 Minnesota Ave. appeared to be vacant in 2014. It previously housed Duran Design. Does anyone know what business this building housed originally? [map]

This building in Chester was known as the Hexaplex in the 1980s and probably before that. It might have been the original name for the structure though I don't know what kind of business it housed. I'm guessing it's from the 1960s. The six-sided design seems to be a match for the 702 Minnesota Ave. building shown on the left above. These buildings may have come from kits. I haven't seen any of them anywhere else. There may have been another one of these in Santa Cruz. The Chester building now houses Dare to Be Dazzled. [map]

The Acme Painting Service building was built in 1964. It now houses Western Grinding Service. For more, see this website. [map]

The Off Ramp
Santa Clara, CA
The Off Ramp bicycle shop building appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. I don't know what was here originally. [map]

Lemonade
Palo Alto, CA
This round building was constructed in 1964. Since 2016, it has housed a Lemonade restaurant. It previously housed a La Boulange. Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

Sherwin-Williams Paint Store
Eureka, CA
Aloha Optometric Center
Hemet, CA
This Sherwin-Williams Paint Store building appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. Does anyone know more about this building? [map]

The Aloha Optometric Center building appears to be from the 1960s. I don't know what the original occupant was. [map]

Mug's Liquor
Yuba City, CA
The Mug's Liquor building and sign appear to be from the 1960s. [map]

Hewlett-Packard Scientific Instruments Building [gone]
Palo Alto, CA
The Hewlett-Packard Scientific Instruments Building was built around 1962. In recent years, it housed Facebook. After that, the building has housed Theranos, Inc. These photos are from 2014. The building had been demolished by 2015. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Hewlett-Packard Labs Building
Palo Alto, CA
This Hewlett Packard Labs Building opened in 1960. It still houses Hewlett-Packard. The two murals that flank the entrance were created by Mary Henry. [map]

Post Office
Oxnard, CA
Post Office
Port Hueneme, CA
The Post Offices in Oxnard and Port Hueneme appear to be from the 1960s. [Oxnard map]; [Port Hueneme map]

Post Office
Concord, CA
This Post Office was built in 1971. There are two USPS logo mosaics. [map]

Post Office
Napa, CA
This Post Office was built in 1965. [map]

Anderton Court Shops
Beverly Hills, CA
State of California
Santa Barbara, CA
The Anderton Court Shops were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1952. For more, see this website. [map]

The State of California building was probably built in the 1960s. [map]

Earl Warren Showgrounds Exhibit Building
Santa Barbara, CA
The Earl Warren Showgrounds Exhibit Building was completed in 1959. It was built as a permanent home for the Santa Barbara National Flower Show. The building was intended to resemble a giant daisy. The 43 foot tall dome has eight "petals" surrounding it. The building is now used for various events including lectures, live performances, and trade shows. [map]

Suzuki Motorcyles
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Community Memorial Hospital
Ventura, CA
The Suzuki Motorcycles West Coast headquarters building was constructed in the late 1960s or early 1970s. It has been vacant and boarded up for at least a few years. [map]

This Community Memorial Hospital building was constructed in the early 1970s. [map]

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, CA
The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is dubbed CHOMP by locals. It was designed by Edward Durell Stone and built in 1962. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Lee's Carpet Outlet
Bellflower, CA
Linden Towers
Long Beach, CA
The Lee's Carpet Outlet building was constructed in 1955. Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

The Linden Towers was built as condominiums in 1964. For more, see this website. [map]

mixed-use building
Long Beach, CA
This mixed-use building was built in 1959. The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2016. It previously housed an adult daycare center. It is being marketed for medical and/or retail use. [map]

Sonoma Developmental Center
Eldridge, CA
The Sonoma Developmental Center has been around since the 1880s, serving people with developmental disabilities. I believe these additional buildings were built around 1956. [map]

Central Park Pavilion
California City, CA
The Central Park Pavilion overlooks a man-made lake. The lake was filled in 1961 and I assume the pavilion was built at the same time. [map]