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International Architecture Festival


September 16-23, 2018

The Modesto International Architecture Festival is a series of events and activities for people to learn about, discuss, and research architecture, landscape, and urban design and how they can contribute to a more livable city. It is one of only a handful of such festivals worldwide.

The Modesto International Architecture Festival is hosted by the Sierra Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Modesto Art Museum.

AIA | Sierra Valley Chapter Modesto Art Museum


Modernism in Modesto

The Modesto Art Museum has documented more than 85 Modernist buildings and
landscapes in Modesto from 1939 to 1972 by noted 20th century designers including John Funk, William Wurster, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gardner Dailey, Joseph Eichler, William Turnbull, Joseph Esherick, SOM, Thomas Church, and many more. Modesto was a model for other cities and a laboratory in the development of a distinctive California style.

1015 14th Street, California Bungalow, 1909


The Tour ...

For decades through the mid 20th century, Modesto was on the cutting edge of modernist architecture in California. Art deco, Bauhaus or International Style, Googie, and mid-century modern are all well represented, and local and world renowned architects designed buildings for Modesto. Completing the walking tour will Introduce you to a selection of Modesto’s modernist gems built between 1937 and 1972. This tour is offered year round. Stop by our office and pick up a brochure.

215 Patricia Heckendorf House, 1939
John Funk (1908-1993)

... through the mid 20th century, Modesto was on the cutting edge of MODERNIST architecture in California.


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