Bowers Museum

Whereas Mission San Juan Capistrano is the eminent example of the mission and Spanish styles of architecture in the county, the Bowers Museum may just be the eminent example of the mission revival style. Historic in its own right, having been constructed as a ranch home in the mid-30s, the museum sits on manicured gardens which balance well with the white adobe walls of the original buildings. Traditional mission stylistic touches can be found throughout, including rounded cornices, red tile roofs, and arches. Newer renovations and additions have focused heavily on the use of glass to create a brighter atmosphere within the museum’s wings. (2017)

Architect: Bissell Architects, Robert Coffee Architects

Built: 1936, 1992, 2007

Style: Mission Revival, Post-Modern

Type: Entertainment

Address: 2002 N Main St

City: Santa Ana