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Movie of the Proposed


bulletMuseum of California Wine
bulletContemporary Sculpture Gardens
bulletMuseum of Contemporary Architecture
bulletArchi Deli
bulletArchi Book Shop
bulletConferencing Facilities
bulletWine Country Tours
bulletReceptions/Special Events
bulletProfessional Design Organization Offices
bulletArchival Storage


The purpose of the Monterey Wine, Art & Architecture Center (MWAA) is to preserve and restore one of Monterey Peninsula’s finer examples of contemporary architecture built in the 1960’s.  The building was designed by the local architectural firm of Hall and Goodhue in collaboration with the late internationally known architect Nathaniel Owings of Skidmore Owings and Merrill.  The building is an icon to that era of banking architecture and the family of the late Robert Littlefield. 

MWAA is conceived as a means to support preservation of this significant piece of architecture and to become the cultural center of art and architecture of the Monterey area.  That, coupled with the support of the local wine industry and other related businesses provide the economic basis for the building’s preservation.

 The building’s courtyards provide the opportunity to display important examples of contemporary local sculpture.  The vast first floor interior space is to be utilized for wine boutiques and a café.  The large open area will be used for receptions and special events.  The mezzanine will provide changing and permanent displays of local architecture and design.  It will also feature a bookstore devoted to architecture and design.  The basement will provide offices for local design related non-profit professional design organizations.  State of the art conferencing facilities will be provided for local businesses and organizations. 


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