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Visit Docomomo Noca’s Modern Garage Sale at 330 Chattanooga Street, San Francisco. Come by between 9-4 on Saturday July 21st to purchase your retro swag. Come early to insure first pick on the hot items.


Heather David, Author of Mid-Century By The Bay along with her friend, Chandler McCoy of the DOCOMOMO / NOCA organization, provided a great slide show and discussion about modern architecture in our Northern-California back yard, enlightening to both our Chapter as well as our guests. Otter Books on Third Avenue in San Mateo provided us the space to meet in at no cost to the Chapter. Steve Feldman, the owner, was a gracious host. We enjoyed coffee from the Peninsula Coffee Roasters (located on Baldwin Avenue in San Mateo) and a bunch of us ordered food from Fletch’s (a locally owned “Chicago” style food restaurant in San Mateo). The presentation was a great open discussion about architecture leading to some fun debates. We have some amazing works of mid-century architecture right here in our county. Afterwards, Heather invited us all to The Vans to complete the special night in a fine, historic restaurant overlooking the Bay Area. Image: Author H. David (standing at right) and DOCOMOMO/NOCA Chandler McCoy prefacing the event.

Posted June 5, 2012 09:57 PM by Eric Holm
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Thursday, January 5, 2012, 6-7:30pm
Edward Durell Stone was one of the first American architects to experiment with European modernism in the early 1930s, most notably in his design of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He later rejected the austerity of International Style modernism at the apex of its popularity, in favor of a warmer style rooted in the American architectural tradition. Stone’s aesthetic choices led to hostility from architectural critics, but at the same time generated enormous popular acclaim. Stone’s youngest son and biographer, Hicks Stone, himself a practicing architect, will discuss the breadth of his father’s life and career. The lecture coincides with the debut of his book, Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect (Rizzoli, 2011). A book signing will follow the presentation. This program is co-presented with SPUR (San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association).

Location: SPUR Urban Center (654 Mission Street)
Free for SPUR and Docomomo NOCA members, $10 non-members.
More information at

Image credit: Atrium of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Courtesy of the Stone Office Archives.


Thursday, November 17
6 p.m., 5:30 p.m. doors open
Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California Street
Co-presented with San Francisco Architectural Heritage

San Jose Mercury News Architecture Critic and author Alan Hess will explore the unique Modern architecture of San Francisco and its legacy. “Alan Hess [is] a prominent California architecture critic who has written extensively on roadside strips,” notes the New York Times. As a practicing architect and historian, Hess documents the emerging suburban metropolises of the West. As an architecture critic, he has written a column for the San Jose Mercury News since 1986. Hess has also been active in preservation initiatives for post-war architecture. He received a 1997 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for his efforts to preserve the country’s first McDonald’s (Downey, 1953) and a 1999 President’s Award from the California Preservation Foundation. Hess has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) and UCLA.

About the Nob Hill Masonic Center: In 1947, the California Freemasons purchased the Nob Hill property at 1111 California Street as the site for a new temple. The Modern-style building was formally dedicated on September 29, 1958. Several unique aspects of the building are the Memorial Sculpture topping the east end of the California Street wall. The sculpture is dominated by four huge figures, each 12 feet high, representing branches of our Country’s Armed Forces. Adjoining these a frieze of 14 smaller marble figures depict a titanic tug-of-war in the global struggle between the forces of good and evil. Below this portrayal is a dedicatory inscription, dedicated to Our Masonic Brethren Who Died in the Cause of Freedom. This relief was crafted by renowned California artist Emile Norman.

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Docomomo Tour Day 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 11:00am

Join Docomomo NOCA and tour guides Peter Montgomery and Chandler McCoy for a walking tour of Foothill College. Foothill College was opening in 1962 and is a 2 year community college in Los Altos. The tour will focus on both the architecture and landscape of this AIA Award-winning campus, designed by Ernest J. Kump and Masten & Hurd with landscape architect Hideo Sasaki.
Email to register and for updated details.
Suggested donation: $20 (donations go to Docomomo NOCA)

Directions: Foothill College is located at 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 and exit @ El Monte Road West toward Foothill College/Moody Road. Meet at the flagpole next to the Administration Building (Building 1900) in the center of campus at 10:45 – 11am. The tour will proceed at 11am. Parking: Wheel Chair access from the #5 parking lot. Please be sure to pay the $2 parking fee to avoid getting ticketed.



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