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From Modern to Postmodern: A Context for Postmodern L.A.

Postmodernism was one of several trends influencing Southern California architecture from the mid-1970s through the early 1990s as the field shifted away from Modernism. This session starts to explore some of the threads leading up to the Postmodern period in Los Angeles. Case studies will be used to illustrate the style, including Charles Moore and Frank Gehry’s local projects, the Bonaventure Hotel, late vernacular examples, and others.


  • Jonathan Vimr, Preservation Planner, City and County of San Francisco
  • Justin Greving, Preservation Planner, City and County of San Francisco

Learning Objectives

  1. The transition from Modern to Postmodern in southern California
  2. A definition(s) for Postmodernism
  3. A regional context for Postmodernism
  4. Identified case-studies for Postmodern architecture
  5. Discussion points for next steps ("beyond modernism")