Educate the community about the value of recognizing, preserving,
securing, and displaying the Monterey area's historic assets for public
To Support activities which interpret and share the Monterey area's
rich cultural heritage with residents and visitors.>
Encourage residents to be advocates for ideas, programs, and plans
which contribute to the understanding of the Monterey area's cultural,
ethnic, artistic, and architectural legacy.
ART DECO AND MODERNE IN SALINAS
In 1924, Salinas had the highest per capita income of any
city in the United States. During the growing seasons of the Great Depression,
the volume of telephone and telegraph transmissions originating in Salinas
was greater than that of San Francisco. This activity was reflected in a
burst of building construction, many employing the streamlined shapes and
organic patterns of Art Deco or Art Moderne. Many examples remain, including
the National Register-listed Monterey County Courthouse and the Salinas
Californian newspaper building.
Photographs of these and many other structures can be seen
in their brochure which includes a street map of downtown identifying their
locations. Several other notable structures are also highlighted, including
the Victorian house where John Steinbeck was born.