Founded in 1996, the Northern California Chapter was one of the earliest regional chapters of Docomomo US. Docomomo NOCA is a not-for-profit [501(c)3] membership organization that endeavors to increase public awareness of the Modern Movement, to preserve and promote the study, interpretation and protection of its architecture, landscape and urban design. Committed to the principle that modern design merits the attention and preservation received by earlier periods, we maintain a continuous and constructive dialogue with national, state, and local preservation authorities and organizations as well as with building owners, developers, and designers in many disciplines. We hold monthly board meetings in San Francisco and always welcome new members and guests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
San Francisco, CA
Docomomo US/NOCA 2019 Travel Grant for Students & Emerging Professionals
The Docomomo US Northern California (NOCA) Chapter is pleased to offer a travel grant for one student or emerging professional to attend and participate in the Docomomo US National Symposium 2019 in Hawaii from September 25-28, 2019.
Revisiting Urban Renewal in Western Addition
A two-hour walking tour exploring the Western Addition Redevelopment Area, going beyond the icons of St. Mary's Cathedral, Marquis & Stoller's St. Francis Square Cooperative, and Minoru Yamasaki's Hotel Kabuki to focus on lesser-known projects by significant California architects and landscape architects.
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109
Docomomo US/NOCA Case Study House Holiday Party
A rare chance to explore and tour the Case Study House #26—the only built Case Study House in the Bay Area—and to celebrate the end of 2022 with your fellow Modernism-lovers!
177 San Marino Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94901
Embarcadero Center as Urban Shopping Mall
John Portman’s Embarcadero Center in San Francisco is the city’s most compelling (and sometimes confusing) example of interior urbanism. Designed as a ‘city within a city’ connected by landscaped plazas dotted with massive public artworks, the Embarcadero Center is, in part, suburban shopping malls. This five-block complex has a three-story hive of public and private activity including retail, entertainment, dining, and the other services, terminating in a dramatic atrium hotel lobby. Join us to explore this megastructure within the context of 20th century retail trends and Late Modernist architecture and urbanism.
Commercial St & Sansome St, San Francisco, CA, 94111
MOTEL NOCA with Heather David
MOTEL NOCA is a celebration of the motel in Northern California, with a special focus on the city of San Francisco.
My NOCA Mod Obsession Virtual Lightning Talks
A line up of professionals, students, and enthusiasts will share their obsession with Northern California (NOCA) Modernism. Each short presentation will highlight a different Modernist building, landscape, object, or practitioner in NOCA.
The '70s Turn 50 in Northern California
Beyond the disco balls, shag carpet, and avocado-colored kitchen appliances, the 1970s were a decade filled with both experimentation and anxiety within the field of architecture. Join us for a virtual "walking tour" of Northern California where we'll take you to Santa Cruz, Larkspur, Sea Ranch, and San Francisco to see the sites of the '70s, all inside of 60 minutes!
Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience
This 55-minute documentary by director Akira Boch follows the lives of Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata.
San Francisco Public Library100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
Modernism in San Francisco's Chinatown
Better known for narrow streets lined with red lanterns and eclectic shops, Chinatown also has some of the best Modernist architecture in San Francisco, much of it designed by Chinese-American architects.
Portsmouth Square718 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, 94108
Lake Merritt Modern
Join Docomomo US/NOCA in sunny Oakland, California for a tour of Modern architecture and landscapes around Lake Merritt.
Oakland Museum of California1000 Oak Street, Oakland , CA
Tiki Modernism: Design History Drinks
Join us for our holiday fundraiser, where we'll hear a talk by mid-century design historian Christopher VerPlanck while sipping drinks at Smuggler's Cove, one of San Francisco's most acclaimed tiki bars!
Smuggler's Cove650 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
Docomomo US/NOCA Board Meeting
Join Docomomo US/Northern California for our monthly board meeting. This month, we'll have a guest lecturer: Hannah Simonson, author of the San Francisco Planning Department's Historic Resource Evaluation of Diamond Heights.
Architectural Resources GroupPier 9 , San Francisco, CA, 94111
The Mid-Century City: Modernism on Cathedral Hill
Join Docomom US/NoCa for a tour of The Mid-Century City: Modernism on Cathedral Hill
1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA
BART to the Future: A Tour of Modern Transit in the Bay Area
Docomomo US/NoCa will be taking visitors on a tour of the BART system, a modern miracle of urban planning, technological innovation, and cutting edge architectural design.
San Francisco, CA
Exploring Mid-Century Downtown San Francisco
In honor of Docomomo US’s 10th annual tour day, the Northern California Chapter is excited to lead a tour of Modern sites in San Francisco’s downtown financial district.