Man on the street: What is your favorite building in Sacramento?
Sacramento is home to many interesting buildings, from the Capitol to the elaborate Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. On Wednesday, The Sacramento Press asked professional architects along with people on the streets what their favorite building is in Sacramento.
Twenty-five-year-old state worker Megan Samuelson said that her favorite building in Sacramento is the Park Tower, located at 980 Ninth St.
“I think it’s clean and simple,” she said.
Samuelson said that she likes how the building is right across from Cesar Chavez Plaza.
“Driving on I-5 south coming into Sacramento, you can see it in the distance,” she said. She added that she thought it is representative of Sacramento’s character.
Local architect Craig Stradley, 51, is an architect for Mogavero Notestine Associates, an architecture firm based in Sacramento. He said that his favorite building in Sacramento is the Memorial Auditorium on J Street.
“I like the fact that it’s kind of a historical gathering spot for the city,” Stradley said.
He said that the building’s strong civic presence and historical importance to Sacramento make it a great piece of Sacramento architecture.
“It reminds you a little bit about the humble beginnings of Sacramento, when that was all we had, when the Memorial Auditorium was the main place that everybody collected,” he said.
Twenty-six-year-old Starbucks employee Elaina Cordova said her favorite building is the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament located on 11th Street between J and K streets.
Cordova, a resident of Midtown, said that she likes the building because of its age and historical relevance.
“It’s overwhelming because it’s so big and exquisite,” she said. “I like it because it’s so spacious.”
Cordova said that while the Cathedral is her favorite, she hopes to explore Sacramento’s architecture more to gain a better understanding of it.
Bruce Monighan, a 62-year-old architect who works at Monighandesign, said his favorite building in Sacramento is the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse on 501 I Street.
“For a very large building, its sense of detail, and articulation is just amazing,” he said.
Monighan said that he thinks the courthouse will be one of the buildings that society will be proud of for the next 100 years, adding that it “responds really well to its physical environment relative to the sun and shade.”
Monighan said he thinks the building shows great civic character as well.
Mike Longstreet, a personal technician for the city of Sacramento, said his favorite building is the Renaissance Tower, at 801 K St.,
, which he described as “the Darth Vader Building.”
Sacramento Public Library, on 828 I St.
“It has an odd top to it,” the 35-year-old said. “It’s unlike any building I’ve ever seen.”
Longstreet said that he is always amused by it when he walks by.
Andrea Kincaid, a 57-year-old architect with Acanthus, said her favorite building is the Elks Tower at 921 11th St.
“It has a bottom, a middle, and a top, which many newer buildings don’t have.”
She also said that the building’s gracious entrance makes it stand out as one of Sacramento’s best-looking buildings.
Stephanie Bobolis, a 56-year-old state worker from Roseville, said her favorite building in Sacramento is the Capitol.
“It’s magnificent,” she said, adding that she loves the building’s majesty and the democracy that it represents.
Bobolis said that one the of the best parts of the building is not the building itself, but the extravagant park that surrounds it.
“The incredible variety of trees create great beauty,” she said.
Fifty-six-year-old self-employed architect Mark Rusconi said his favorite building is The Weatherstone Building at 812 21st Street.
“It’s a classic brick structure that has been modified very slightly with wonderful colors and that great courtyard,” he said.
Rusconi said that the building has a wonderful neighborhood feel to it, which is important considering the building’s location in the northern residential side of Midtown.
“It fits right in,” he said.
Micheline Wilcoxen, a 45-year-old information technology manager who lives downtown, said her favorite building is the Capitol.
Wilcoxen said that she loves the building’s symbolism as it relates to democratic ideals.
“It’s a place where things are supposed to happen,” she said.
Nick Docous, a 53-year-old architect with the firm Lionokas, said that his favorite building is the original Lincoln Plaza building on the corner of Q and Fifth streets.
“It integrates the natural environment into its building,” he said, referring to the plants that hang down from the building’s sides and the trees that grow on top of it.
“It integrated foliage into its design well before people even thought about doing that,” he added.
What’s your favorite building in Sacramento? Answer in the comments below.
Editorial Note: Corrections have been made to this article after it was published.