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Three Modern Resources: Tiki, Googie, and Brutalism

A look at three particularly quirky, threatened, and controversial styles of modernism that have only recently attracted the full attention of preservationists. You will learn about the historic background, character defining features, and materials used in three resources types of the recent past, including Tiki, Googie, and Brutalism. The session will close with a brief round table discussion focused on discussing the challenges of evaluating these resources.

You Will Be Able To....

  1. Identify the character defining features of three unique architectural styles: Tiki, Googie, and Brutalism
  2. Determine the key materials used in each of of the three styles
  3. Examine the challenges and approaches to evaluating resources that typically don't fall into the "highbrow design" category
  4. Describe the history and evolution of three common types of late-20th century architecture


  • Alexander Bevil, Historian, California State Parks
  • Alan Hess, Architectural Critic and Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
  • Christopher McMorris, Architectural Historian, JRP Historical Consulting.

Continuing Education

AIA Materials and Methods Project Types AICP History Property Revitalization Urban Design