California's Unique Architecture

Interesting California architecture facts and information about the architectural wonders of California, from the California Travel and Tourism Commission.

Mid-Century Modern California
Informatoin about notable mid-century modern homes, commercial buildings, other structures and subdivisons in California. Also includes information about California's Eichler homes, tours of California's mid-century sites and books about California's mid-century modern architecture.

Architectural Wonders of California

  • Bear Mountain Ski Resort has the world's first "ski-into-the-building/ski-out-of-the-building" structure.
  • The Honey Run Covered Bridge, built in 1894, just outside of Chico, is the only three-level covered bridge in the nation.
  • Mission Santa Barbara is the only mission church ever built with two towers.
  • Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is California's largest secular (non-mission) adobe.
  • The Fernbridge, built in 1911 in Humboldt County, is the oldest reinforced concrete bridge in existence.
  • Located six miles off Crescent City's coast, Point Saint George Lighthouse is the most expensive lighthouse ever built in the U.S.
  • The Sunset Tower in West Hollywood was the first all-electric apartment building in California.
  • Knight's Ferry Bridge, in Stanislaus County, is the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi.
  • The Huntington Beach Pier is the longest concrete municipal pier in the nation (1,853 feet long).
  • Built in 1862, the Bridgeport single span wood arch bridge is the longest covered bridge in the U.S. reaching 208 feet from pier to pier.
  • Shasta Dam has the highest center overflow spillway of any dam in the world.
  • The Crystal Springs Dam, in San Mateo County, is the world's largest concrete dam.
  • The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge is the longest orthotrophic span in the world (6.74 miles).
  • The Stanford Linear Accelerator is the largest linear accelerator in the world (2 miles long).
  • The largest runway in the world is located at Edwards Air Force base (7.5 miles long).
  • The world's largest outdoor amphitheater is the Hollywood Bowl.
  • San Jose's Winchester Mystery House has 160 rooms and more than 10,000 windows.
  • St. Peter's Chapel in Vallejo is home to the largest collection of Tiffany stained glass on the West Coast.
  • The Ventura Mission, or San Buenaventura Mission, is the only mission in America that has bells made of wood.
  • Hearst Castle near San Simeon is the last great estate produced during America's Gilded Age and is the largest Gilded Age estate to come into public hands with its original collections intact.

Tours of California's Arlchitectural Sites

Architecture Tours L.A.

Palm Springs Modern Tours.

Famous Architectural Sites in California:

Palm Springs Mid Century Modern Architecture

San Francisco Bay Area Architecture

California Missions Architecture

More Architectural Sites in California
- Bradbury Building (Los Angeles)
- California Heights Historic District (Long Beach)
- Capitol Records Building (Hollywood, Los Angeles)
- Crystal Cathedral (Garden Grove)
- Disney Concert Hall (Downtown Los Angeles)
- Fairmont Hotel (San Francisco)
- Gamble House by Charles and Henry Greene (Pasadena)
- Getty Center (West Los Angeles)
- Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)
- Hearst Castle (San Simeon)
- Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright (Los Angeles)
- Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood, Los Angeles)
- Hotel del Coronado (San Diego)
- Hyatt Regency Hotel (San Francisco)
- Los Angeles Central Library (Downtown Los Angeles)
- San Francisco City Hall (San Francisco)
- Stahl House by Pierre Koenig (Los Angeles)
- Union Train Station (Downtown Los Angeles)
- V.C. Morris Gift Shop by Frank Lloyd Wright (San Francisco)
- Winchester Mystery House,/a> (San Jose)

California Architecture Resources

Northern California Society of Architectural Historians

Southern California Society of Architectural Historians

Wikipedia "Architecture in California" Category

California State Architect's Board
State government agency created in 1901 to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of architecture in California.

Southern California Architectural History Blog

Architecture Schools in California

- Academy of Art Architecture School (San Francisco)
- Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Department (Pomona)
- Cal Poly SLO Architecture College (San Luis Obispo)
- College of Arts Architecture School (San Francisco)
- New School of Architecture and Design (San Diego)
- Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles)
- UCB Architecture and Environmental Design (Berkeley)
- UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (Los Angeles)
- USC School of Architecture (Los Angeles)
- Woodbury School of Architecture (Burbank)


Visitor Attractions in California

Destinations in California

Introduction to California

Pictures of California


See also
Blog With California Tourism Posts
Facebook "California for Visitors" Page
Twitter "California for Visitors" Feed




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