Modesto Modernism

In the middle decades of the 20th century, the Modernist architecture of Modesto, California, was on the cutting edge and it received national attention. In the 1940s, the New York Museum of Modern Art published three books featuring Modesto architecture.

The Modesto Art Museum has documented more than 85 Modernist buildings and landscapes by noted 20th century designers including John Funk, William Wurster, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gardner Dailey, Anshen and Allen, 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, Central Valley Modernism.

This historical documentary by Jessica Gomula-Kruzic and Steve Arounsack will introduce you to a small sample of Modesto’s best mid 20th century architecture and landscape.

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