20TH CENTURY

CONTEMPORARY (1940 1980)

The Contemporary style of architecture has it roots solidly in the modern movement, specifically the international style. Contemporary buildings are more vernacular in nature, but are quite stylized buildings. Contemporary buildings are often found in working class subdivisions. In many cases the flat roof of the Contemporary has been modified to gable and appears much heavier than it did historically. This style uses small doses of Googie / Populuxe touches to ornament the buildings.

Primary Stylistic Features
  • Flat roof or low pitched front facing gable.
  • Assymetrical.
  • Large overhangs.
  • Corner window.
  • Wide fascia.
  • Cladding materials is stucco, wood, or concrete.
Secondary Stylistic Features
  • Situated on podiums.
  • Entrances are recessed, obscured or hidden.
  • Metal windows situated near the roof line.
  • Glass brick.
  • Massive concrete block chimneys.

Evaluation Considerations

Contemporaries will likely be eligible as a component of a historic district. To be a contributing component they must embody nearly all the primary characteristics and some secondary features. Other secondary features increase the level of significance within the district. In some cases, Contemporaries can be found as components in larger subdivisions. Additions are acceptable if they are small and the nature of the building is maintained