The Central Library: Organic Modernist Architecture in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County
Please join architectural historian and photographer Darren Bradley, as he gives a presentation on the Central Library, and the architect who designed it.
In the heart of this small city in Sonoma County sits one of the best preserved examples of the California Modernist style for which the state became so well known in the post-War period. Architect Francis Joseph McCarthy was renowned in the region for adapting the spare Modernist designs that were popular at the time, to create a style that was both warm and functional, and unique to the Northern California region. The Central Library, with its walls of glass, patterned brick, and sculptural wood screens, is a perfect example of this genre.
Numerous examples of public art created by local and internationally recognized artists were incorporated into the design, in recognition of the library as a true center for arts and culture in the community. At the time of its creation, the library was warmly embraced by the community, and that continues to this day.
Mr. Bradley has worked as a professional architectural photographer for the past 10 years. His primary interest is in modernist architecture from the 40s through the 70s. He was born in Hawaii, the son of a naval officer, but spent most of childhood in San Diego where he grew up amongst the Tiki and Modernist architecture that was so prevalent during this period.
Darren Bradley has contributed to several books on modern architecture in the past several years including Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA and William Krisel’s Palm: The Language of Modernism.