International (1919-Current)

The term International Style originated with the 1932 show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City entitled "Modern Architecture: International Exhibition."

The style rejected both historical references (Greek Revival, Renaissance Revival, Mission Revival, et al.) and ornamentation (Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, Art Deco, et al.).

Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe were the most influential architects working in the International Style. Mies encapsulated the style with the aphorisms "less is more" and "God is in the details."

Distinctive features are:

  • rectilinear forms
  • plane surfaces with no ornamentation
  • open interiors
  • glass, steel, reinforced concrete
  • cantilever construction


Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Apartment Building19591800 Pacific AvenueSan FranciscoPacific 1800Apartment Building
Crown Zellerbach Building 19591 Bush Street/523 Market Street San FranciscoBush 0001Crown Zellerbach Building
Hoover House1919623 Mirada Road Stanford UniversityMirada 0623Hoover House
Medford Plaza Apartments 1952235 South Oakdale AvenueMedford, OROakdale S 0235Medford Plaza Apartments
Point Arena High School1936200 Lake StreetPoint ArenaLake 0200Point Arena High School
Monterey County Courthouse1937240 Church Street SalinasChurch 0240Monterey County Courthouse
Union Oil Company Clock Tower Building1941425 First StreetSan Francisco!Street 01 425Union Oil Company Clock Tower Building

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