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NOCA MODERN Architect Detail

Body of Work:
College of San Mateo
Oakland International Airport, Terminal 1

John Carl Warnecke’s earliest influence in architecture came from his German-born father who studied at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris before moving to California to open his own firm. The younger Warnecke studied architecture and art at Stanford during the 1940s and received a graduate degree in architecture from Harvard after studying under preeminent Modernist Walter Gropius. Warnecke worked in his father’s architecture firm until 1947 when he opened his own practice in San Francisco. John Carl Warnecke partnered with John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy to preserve the historic row houses on Lafayette Square near the White House. He was later commissioned to design the Eternal Flame monument at the grave of John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery. Other notable Warnecke projects include the Hawaiian State Capitol in Honolulu, the American Embassy in Thailand, and the library at Stanford University. John Carl Warnecke was the master-planning architect of the U.C. Santa Cruz campus, lauded as one of the most successful modern university campus plans in the United States.

Project include:

Mira Vista Elementary School, El Cerrito, California (1951)

Ladera Shopping Center, Portola Valley, California (1957)

Oakland International Airport, Terminal 1, Oakland, California (1962)

College of San Mateo, San Mateo, California (1963)

Sonoma State University, Sonoma, California (1966)

Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey, California (1967)



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