Image courtesy of Esther McCoy Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Writer Esther McCoy (1904–1989) was an attentive witness to the birth of a mid-century design and recognized the importance of California’s distinct architectural legacy. An ingenious historian and gifted literary stylist, McCoy articulated the concepts and vibrant character of West Coast modernism. Five California Architects, her landmark 1960 book, has long been regarded an indispensable classic.

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