California had a profound influence on American life during the first half of the 20th century and nowhere was that more apparent than in architecture.
One manifestation was a style that borrowed heavily from the Spanish missions that are found along the California coast from San Diego de Alcalá to San Francisco Solano. As a result of the climate, it's a style that is most frequently seen in the Southwest United States. Other examples, some extremely fine, are occasionally seen elsewhere throughout the country.
The defining characteristics include roof parapets and simple stucco or plaster siding. Mission elements are often incorporated into Craftsman-style bungalow homes to great effect.
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