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Lecture by Sean Malone
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 • Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Eagle Rock Center for the Arts/Carnegie Library
2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Built on land whose beauty would inspire Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural philosophy, Taliesin (1911) is perhaps the most personal of Wright’s works. Taliesin served as Wright’s main residence and the summer home of the Taliesin Fellowship until 1937, when Wright built his oasis in the Arizona desert, Taliesin West, to serve as his winter residence.

Join us as we look at these two Wright masterworks, Taliesin East and West, and discuss their relationship to the unique natural environments in which they were built, the distinct design elements that are their hallmarks, the culture that thrived at each site and the journey to restore these masterpieces.

About the Lecturer: Sean Malone is President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. During Malone’s tenure, the Foundation has performed such mission-critical work as establishing a joint stewardship of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives between the Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library; an in-depth Preservation Master Plan program to define how Taliesin West will be preserved for generations to come; and much more.

About the Venue: Built in 1914 as the the Carnegie Library, the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts/Carnegie Library was originally one of 142 public libraries built from 121 grants (totaling $2,779,487) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1899 to 1917. The original Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival structure, with an enclosed arcade, was designed by W. E. Kleinpell and is currently the Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, run by a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the Eagle Rock Community Cultural Association.


The Temple of Wings

Lecture by Diane Dorrans Saeks
Thursday, March 12, 2015 • Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
80 Oakland Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

Diane Dorrans Saeks takes us inside the Temple of Wings, now a landmark and tribute to the bohemian early twentieth century in Berkeley. The original structure was designed by Bernard Maybeck in 1911–1914 as a residence and studio for dance teacher Florence Treadwell Boynton, her husband Charles, and their seven children. For Maybeck, influenced by the utopian ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris, the perfect California house was the native California landscape with just a few buildings scattered around “in case of rain,” and the Boynton’s home embodied this ideal. The structure was destroyed in the Berkeley wildfire of 1924 but was eventually rebuilt in a more conventional style than the Maybeck design. John Getty acquired the property in the 1990s, at which time he and his mother, Ann Getty, devoted their attention to assembling a focused collection of objects and paintings worthy of such a romantic and graceful home.

About the Lecturer: Diane Dorrans Saeks is a noted design lecturer, founder of the design/style blog The Style Saloniste, and the author of more than twenty books, including Hollywood Style, Palm Springs Living, and Michael S. Smith Elements of Style. She is contributing editor to House Beautiful and editor for C magazine and Papercity.

About the Venue: Pasadena’s First Church of Christ, Scientist (1910) was designed by Franklin Pierce Burnham in the Greek Ionic style to echo the design of the “mother” church in Boston. At the time of its construction, the church was the largest building in Pasadena, boasting an innovative fireproof design and featuring an impressive concrete reinforced dome.


A Gracious Legacy

Lecture by Karen Hudson
Saturday, April 18, 2015 • Lecture: 11:00 a.m.
Scottish Rite Temple
150 N Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Karen Hudson will discuss the groundbreaking career of Paul R. Williams, spanning 50 years and some 3,000 projects. Williams became know for his elegantly stylized designs and had a list of such celebrity clients as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Tyrone Power, Lon Chaney, Bert Lahr and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The Los Angeles Times observed, “If you have a picture in your mind of Southern California in the 1950s and early 1960s, you are quite likely picturing a building created by Paul Williams.” Williams designed such iconic public buildings as the futuristic Theme Building at LAX, LA County Courthouse, Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills, and the 1940s redesign of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

As the granddaughter of the legendary architect, Hudson will give us a historical and uniquely personal view of the man who was the first black architect to become a member of the American Institute of Architects, in 1923, and in 1957 was inducted as the AIA’s first black fellow.

About the Lecturer: Karen Hudson is director of the Paul R. Williams Architectural Collection. A third-generation Angeleno, Hudson chronicles the history of blacks in Los Angeles through photography and writing. Hudson is the author of Paul R. Williams — Architect: A Legacy of Style; The Will and the Way: Paul R. Williams Architect; Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times; and Paul R. Williams, Classic Hollywood Style. Hudson is currently writing a book on her two grandfathers, Paul R. Williams and Dr. H. Claude Hudson, which will look at early black Los Angeles through the eyes of these two remarkable men.

About the Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena, California was built in 1925, by Joseph J. Blick and W. C. Crowell, in a Moderne and/or Zig-Zag Moderne style.

Architecturally significant in greater Los Angeles as a pre-PWA Classical Moderne building with distinctive decorative guardian sphinxes. The Scottish Rite Cathedral is associated strongly with the social history of Pasadena, in particular with the Scottish Rite, an appendant body associated with Freemasonry.

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