Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California

2018 DOCOMOMO US Award Winner!

Expansively researched and illustrated, this lively history recounts how the extraordinary partnership of financier Howard Ahmanson and artist Millard Sheets produced outstanding mid-century modern architecture and art for Home Savings and Loan and other commercial clients.

“Arenson’s research has uncovered an extensive legacy of 'every man modernism' that was largely unknown and under-appreciated, and brings attention to main street architecture with real design value and the impact of individual grassroots efforts.” - 2018 DOCOMOMO US Modernism in America Awards, Citation of Merit

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See the list of Home Savings art and architecture locations and Millard Sheets Studio commercial commissions.

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