Rancho Monterey, Spanish Revival and Mexican Decorative Arts in California
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Rancho Monterey showcases Monterey and rancho-style furniture, California ceramics and tile, Mexican ceramics, tourist-ware and costuming, and fine art by artists including Phil Paradise, W.H.D Koerner and Hernando Villa.
In the second quarter of the Twentieth Century, California rediscovered its Spanish and Mexican heritage. In addition to the Spanish haciendas containing dark furnishing accented with iron - designs championed by Hollywood starssuch as Bela Lugosi, Will Rogers and Norma Talmedge - developers now began building low-slung ranch houses inspired by the original adobe ranches of Monterey, California’s first capital. Furniture makers and decorative artists responded with a range of colorful designs, a romantic view of “California ranchos” that captured the imaginations of new Californians seeking opportunity in the Golden State.
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