Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Like so many post-modern buildings, the Nixon Presidential Library is melding of multiple traditional architectural styles. The main entrance is a modern take on the Neo-Classical with columns and strong pediments standing atop of a set of stairs. The rest of the library is largely a modern take on the Spanish Revival, with red tiled roofs and arcades. A reflection pool, and well-manicured gardens run linearly between two wings of the library/museum, seemingly drawing visitors away from the complex, and toward Richard Nixon’s birthplace on the east of the property. All told, this presidential library is a modern take on the sprawling Californian ranch estates of old. (2017)

Architect: Ernest C. Wilson, Jr. (Langdon Wilson Architecture & Planning)

Built: 1990

Style: Post-Modern

Type: Civic

Address: 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd

City: Yorba Linda


National Archives Catalog. (2020). California SP Nixon, Richard, Birthplace.

Whiteson, L. (1990, July 19). Nixon Library Hits Close to Home. Los Angeles Times.