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building-paradise

2015/2016 Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series

BUILDING PARADISE IN CALIFORNIA
Monday, September 14, 2015

at the Neighborhood Church (Sanctuary)
301 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Lecture & Presentation by Alex Vertikoff: 7:00-8:00pm
Panel discussion with Edward R. Bosley, Dr. Robert Winter, Ann Scheid, Anne Mallek: 8:00-8:30pm
Book signing and reception at the Gamble House: 8:45-9:30pm

Members: $25  |  Non-Members: $30
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For more than a century the Gamble House has stood on a promontory overlooking the Arroyo Seco, a thin riverbed that meanders down from the San Gabriel Mountains through Pasadena, California. For much of that time the house has been open to the public. More than a million visitors have toured the house since it became an architectural site in 1966. They come for a variety of reasons, but primarily to appreciate the uncommon mixture of art and craft that is the hallmark of architects Charles and Henry Greene. That they have arrived in such numbers for so long is a testament to the vision of the designers, the skill of their craftsmen-builders, and the fruitful connection they had with their clients.

This presentation by photographer Alex Vertikoff officially launches the first full-length book ever published on The Gamble House. Vertikoff will discuss the four-year project of photographing the house and show many of the stunning images he made for the book. A panel discussion with the book’s other contributors will follow.

“In the hands of lesser architects, a commission to create a seasonal residence in Pasadena for a wealthy midwestern family could easily have resulted in a grand but uninspired pile, as so often happened. Discerning clients certainly had excellent local choices, including classically trained architects Myron Hunt, Sylvanus Marston, and Frederick Roherig. Another pair of brothers, Alfred and Arthur Heinemann, had also begun to create houses of considerable distinction by the time the Gambles were planning to build. Exactly what compelled the Gambles to choose Charles and Henry Greene (there is no record of their looking at other candidates) may always remain a matter of informed speculation.

New evidence, however, gleaned from the Sarah Merry Bradley Gamble archives, shows the family to be the kind of sensitive and engaged collaborators and patrons that would be attracted to the Greenes. The happy outcome is a residence universally conceded to be an iconic landmark of twentieth-century architecture—a house that provided an inspirational living environment for two generations of Gambles and has since captured the imagination of countless visitors who come to appreciate architecture as fine art.”

Excerpt from The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California (page 62)
Essay entitled The Gamble House: Architecture as a Fine Art by Edward R. Bosley

Speaker Bios:
EDWARD R. BOSLEY is the James N. Gamble Director of The Gamble House, a program of the University of Southern California School of Architecture. For more than forty years he has studied, researched, lectured, and written on the work of architects Greene & Greene. He is author of the monograph Greene & Greene, published by Phaidon Press in 2000. With Anne E. Mallek he was co-curator of the exhibition A ‘New and Native’ Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene and co-editor of the publication that accompanied the exhibit.

ANNE E. MALLEK has served as curator at the Gamble House since 2004. She previously worked at historic house museums in England and catalogued the extensive collection of William Morris and Morris & Company material at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. In 2008 she was co-curator with Edward R. Bosley of the traveling exhibition A ’New and Native’ Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene and co-editor of the publication of the same name (Merrell Publishers). Mallek is a graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

ANN SCHEID heads the Greene & Greene Archives at the Huntington Library. The archives is administered by the Gamble House, University of Southern California. She is an author and historian who has published books on Pasadena history as well as articles and essays on the history of architecture, planning, and landscape in Southern California. She is a graduate of Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She contributed a chapter on the clients of Greene & Greene to the publication A ’New and Native’ Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene.

ROBERT WINTER is the author or co-author of nine books about California architecture. He is the Arthur G. Coons Professor of the History of Ideas, Emeritus, at Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians. He lives in the historic Batchelder house in Pasadena, California.

ALEXANDER VERTIKOFF has served as the principal photographer for more than ten books on architecture, including American Bungalow Style; Greene & Greene: Masterworks; Greene & Greene: Developing a California Architecture; Stickley Style: Arts and Crafts Homes in the Craftsman Style; Bungalow Nation, and Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home: Chicago’s Forgotten Renaissance Man.

Photo courtesy of Alex Vertikoff


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2015/2016 Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series

PROPHETS WITHOUT HONOR:
THE REDISCOVERY OF GREENE & GREENE

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 • 7:00pm

at the Neighborhood Church (Chapel)
301 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Members: $25  |  Non-Members: $30
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Charles and Henry Greene were nearing 80, living quietly in Carmel and Altadena respectively, when strangers began to come calling at their door. Their architecture had been nearly forgotten, most of their clients, the Gambles, Elisabeth Prentiss, the Pratts, the Blackers, had long since died. Yet, slowly a new appreciation of their work was taking hold among young architects, journalists, academics and photographers. Ann Scheid’s talk will tell this story, which eventually led to the remarkable enthusiasm for  the Greenes’ work and for the Arts and Crafts movement today. Slides will illustrate the lecture.

Speaker Bios:
ANN SCHEID is a member of the Gamble House staff and heads the Greene & Greene Archives at the Huntington Library. An author and historian she has published several books on Pasadena history as well as scholarly articles and essays on the history of architecture, planning, and landscape in Southern California. Ann worked as a preservation planner for the City of Pasadena and as an architectural historian in environmental planning for the State of California. She is a graduate of Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.

Photo: of Charles and Henry Greene, taken at the home of Henry Dart Greene’s house in Altadena on La Solana, c. 1950s


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2015/2016 Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series

CALIFORNIA’S 1915 WORLD’S FAIRS: CREATING SAN DIEGO’S GARDEN FAIR AND SAN FRANCISCO’S JEWEL CITY
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 • 7:00pm

at the Neighborhood Church (Chapel)
301 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Members: $25  |  Non-Members: $30
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This lecture takes a close look at the centennial of the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair, which celebrated the 1915 Centennial of San Francisco’s World’s Fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction after the great earthquake of 1906.

Our speaker, a favorite from past presentations, will also discuss the Panama-California Exposition held in San Diego between January 1, 1915 and January 1, 1917. The Panama–California Exposition was an exposition held in San Diego, California, between January 1, 1915, and January 1, 1917. The exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, and was meant to tout San Diego as the first U.S. port of call for ships traveling north after passing westward through the canal. The fair was held in San Diego’s large urban Balboa Park.

Speaker Bios:
VICTORIA KASTNER, Hearst Castle’s historian, has written and lectured about San Simeon’s land and buildings for nearly thirty years. She has master’s degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and George Washington University. She lives in Los Osos, California.


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2015/2016 Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series

FROM BLOOMS TO BLOOMERS:
SCHOOLS FOR LADY GARDENERS

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 • 7:00pm

at the Neighborhood Church (Chapel)
301 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Members: $25  |  Non-Members: $30
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A small but significant number of schools during the Progressive Era sought to educate women and girls to earn a livelihood in horticulture. They were international in context, often privately funded, and typically established by women in leadership positions. Although there were many such institutions throughout Europe, most closed before or after World war II. However, one school, the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, founded by Jane Bowne Haines in 1910 was an astounding success and had a longevity that led to its incorporation into Temple University in 1958. Well illustrated with period photography this lecture opens a window on a women’s movement little recognized today.

Speaker Bios:
VALENCIA LIBBY is a landscape historian and museum educator living in Down-East Maine. She was formerly an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture at Temple University in Philadelphia and the recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Landscape History to Portugal in 2004. She currently serves as an advisor to numerous historical collections in Maine and the Beatrix Farrand Society’s Garland Farm.


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