Architecture surrounds us whether it’s a historical building, a small store, a different sort of home or an iconic skyscraper. In this week’s challenge, Tina encourages us to share our images of interesting architecture, opening the field to what is fascinating to us.

While California is known for cities like Hollywood and San Francisco, it is primarily an agricultural state. In Sacramento we are so close to a countryside of farms, ranches and orchards. Here are two country houses, very different in architecture, that I’ve visited through the Yolo Arts & Ag Project.

Close to Sacramento is Donner Lake, a busy place for summer and winter recreation. Some people live there full time and some have homes to enjoy as a get away. Here is a winter scene.

We also have buildings of historical value. One is the Gibson House, It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, in Woodland and another, bulging in the front for years, is located in Locke which is a historic district. I think it’s amazing that it is still standing.

And, of course there’s Folsom State Prison. Its architecture gives us a hint as to its age–141 years. Built in 1880, it’s a minimum to medium security prison and houses only men.

Next is Sacramento’s very own Tower Bridge. Spanning the Sacramento River, it connects Sacramento to West Sacramento, and is used as a branding image for many ad campaigns.

And finally, my favorite building, the CALSTRS building. In the picture above, it’s located just after another amazing architectural wonder, the Pyramid (The Ziggurat) Office Building. Here you can see it up close.

This ends my tour of interesting architecture in and around Sacramento. Thank you Tina for this fun challenge!

25 thoughts on “Lens Artist Challenge #173: Interesting Architecture

  1. Oh no Anne, thank YOU for the interesting tour of Sacramento’s architecture! Of course my favorite is the bulging building in Locke! I agree, it’s amazing it’s still standing. The pyramid building is also really eye-catching!

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  2. Interesting tour of the architecture in and around your local area 🙂 The Oliver Farm looks very interesting to photograph and I too like the look of that last building you highlight in Sacramento.

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  3. Thanks Sarah! The owner of the Oliver Farm, a widow, leased out the farming acreage and left the buildings, other than the house, as her husband left them. She still lives in the house. I’m glad you like the CALSTRS building too.

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