Preservation Pasadena Took Place November 6-15, 2020
ZOOM RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2020
We hosted a virtual, 10-day celebration of preservation and architecture that included tours, lectures, panel discussions, conversations with artists and collectors and more! For related books and merchandise visit The Gamble House Bookstore.
All events are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers unless otherwise noted. Memberships can be purchased here.
Detailed Event Descriptions
Virtual Walking Tour of Prospect Park, Pasadena’s First National Register District
Prospect Park is Pasadena’s first National Register Historic District, listed in 1982. The district includes homes by Pasadena’s elite architects and master builders, including Charles and Henry Greene’s Bentz House, Arthur and Alfred Heinman’s Hindry House, Sylvanus Martson’s Hinds’ House and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House, to name a few. Pasadena Heritage docents will describe each of the homes, as well as provide a history of the neighborhood. The beautiful, tree-lined streets have changed little over the years and the neighborhood continues to be one of the city’s most desirable districts.
How Sunset Magazine Shaped the West
This program features a lively panel discussion on Sunset’s role in shaping the West. The idea of the West began in 1898 when owner Southern Pacific Railroad created the magazine to bring settlers to the region. Portraying a well designed, uniquely Western home featuring indoor-outdoor garden living and national parks as nearby backyards, Sunset became the design bible of the West. But Sunset’s storied past faced erasure when its archives were nearly lost. Saved by a group of staffers and a Stanford archivist, the archives were moved to Stanford campus, where they still reside to this day. The panel will feature Peter Fish, travel writer and former editor at Sunset; Ben Stone, Stanford Libraries curator for American and British history; and Elizabeth Logan, Associate Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.
Greene & Greene Meet Post-War Modernism
Greene & Greene, Pasadena’s fine-art architects of the Arts and Crafts era, were already being forgotten by the 1920s. Ted Bosley, Director/CEO of The Gamble House, will tell the story of their re-discovery after World War II, when homes designed by the the Greenes were being sold to the public by an influential magazine editor, a bombastic writer, and an enterprising photographer ultimately led to a professional recognition so richly deserved.
For related books and merchandise visit The Gamble House Bookstore.
Pictured: Roof detail, Charles M. Pratt, Jr. house, Architects Greene & Greene, Ojai, Calif., 1909. Photo Courtesy of the Maynard L. Parker Digital Collection. The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif
The Legacy of Architect John Parkinson
Author and TV producer Stephen Gee will explore the legacy of master architect John Parkinson. Parkinson’s buildings have provided memorable backdrops for Hollywood blockbusters, played center stage for two Olympic Games, and welcomed presidents and royalty. Among the more than four hundred Parkinson-designed buildings in Los Angeles are City Hall, the most iconic building in California, famously “destroyed” in the 1953 film War of the Worlds; Union Station, the last great train station built in the U.S.; the Memorial Coliseum, site of both the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games; Bullock’s Wilshire, a 1929 Art Deco masterpiece, as well as many structures on the USC campus. Stephen Gee’s books include Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon and Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture, co-authored with Arnold Schwartzman.
Social: Meet and Greet the Artists and Experts
Pasadena Heritage invites you to meet creative craftspeople and experts from around the country who specialize in antique and contemporary furnishings and decorative arts in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Informal and festive Tuesday and Thursday events are offered; attend one or both, making sure to bring questions for the artisans you’ll meet. Prior to the online meeting you will have the opportunity to view a video presentation about the artists and experts.
Tuesday’s presenters included Cha-Rie Tang and Mei-Ling Hubbard from Pasadena Craftsman Tile, Paul Freeman from Archive Edition Textiles and Textile Artifacts, Keith Rust of Keith Rust Illustration, and Steve and Mary Ann Voorhees of Voorhees Craftsman. Watch the preview video here.
Thursday’s presenters included Evan Chambers of Evan Chambers Objects, Debey Zito and Terry Schmitt of ZitoSchmitt Design, Ted Ellison of Theodore Ellison Design, Dianne Ayres of Arts & Crafts Period Textiles, and Mike Devlin of Mike Devlin Furniture Design. Watch the preview video here.
Pictured: Keith Rust’s Smoky Mountain Autumn – Coal
A Century of Stickley at The Gamble House
The Gamble House is noted for its priceless collection of furniture designed by Greene & Greene. Stickley furniture, however, was always present to supplement these pieces, and plays an important role in the presentation of the house’s interiors today. This commercially available furniture seems right at home in the highly customized surroundings of the Gamble House. Where did the early bungalow dwellers of Pasadena buy their Stickley furniture? How did Stickley furniture come to be used in The Gamble House, both in the historical period and today? This insider’s look will be presented live from The Gamble House by Jennifer Trotoux, the Director of Collections and Interpretation.
For related books and merchandise visit The Gamble House Bookstore.
Pictured: Stickley Furniture at the Gamble House. Photo Courtesy of The Gamble House, photo credit: Sheryl Scott
A Woodworker’s Journey: Discovering Sam Maloof
In this 90-minute, pre-recorded, online exploration of the life and times of America’s most famous woodworker, the not-for-profit Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts team of presenters share the journey of a uniquely American craftsman.Viewers learn of the essential role played by Pasadena-born artist Alfreda Ward who, as Mrs. Maloof, first advocated establishment of the Maloof workshop, which she shaped and managed for nearly half a century. The program includes rare photographs, drawings and art, a walk in the Discovery Garden, and a video visit behind the scenes at the Maloof Historic Home, where Resident Artist Larry White will explore the lineage of Sam’s famous Maloof Rocking Chairs.
Pictured Above: An aerial view of the Historic Home of Sam & Alfreda Maloof and the Jacobs Education Center Gallery. Photo Courtesy of the Maloof Foundation, photo credit: Aaron Echols
Historic Playgrounds: Letting the Future Play on the Past
Join Pasadena Heritage for a presentation that will change the way you look at playgrounds and public space. In the post-World War II era, parks were designed to provide a reprieve from a culture of increasing mobility and isolation. Playground design created “destination” parks that drew communities together to relax, celebrate, and play. As a result of changing playground guidelines, few historic playgrounds remain intact. Preservationists and educators JC Miller and Senya Lubisich will discuss the works of architects and artists who created enduring play-experiences and the efforts of communities to protect them.
Pictured: Historic images of La Laguna de San Gabriel playground structures crafted by Mexican artist Benjamin Dominguez. Photos credit: Ron Brown
Exclusive for Pasadena Heritage Q & A with director PJ Letofsky, Pasadena’s own Neutra Scholar Barbara Lamprecht, Alan Hess, and Raymond Neutra
Join us for a panel discussion with these Neutra experts to discuss the comprehensive documentary that delves into the 125 year life, work, and times of Austrian/American Architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970.) This film will take you ‘inside’ his most important works- the Luckenwalde Forest Cemetery, his first built ‘house’ design in Berlin, working with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, Rudolph Schindler’s Kings Road House, the family home VDL House in Los Angeles, and the Palm Springs Kaufmann House. Neutra’s story is told through his sons Dion and Raymond Neutra, Barbara Lamprecht, Thomas Hines, Alan Hess, Volker M. Welter, Harriet Roth, and ‘Starchitects’ Norman Foster, and Moshe Safdie. Join us on this eye-opening journey into the life, work and times of Richard Neutra. Film is no longer accessable. Zoom recording ticket purchase includes only the discussion of the film. Click here to view the link to the documentary trailer.
Making Martinis with The Raymond 1886
The Dr. Robert Winter Memorial Lecture pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Winter, affectionately known as “Bungalow Bob,” for his passion and contributions to the Arts & Crafts Movement and the bungalow. Bob was also known for his love of a great martini. In his honor, we invite you to gather for a fun, social virtual Happy Hour where you will learn from a professional bartender from the historic Raymond 1886 bar how to make the perfect martini – dry, wet, shaken or stirred. Interspersed throughout the evening will be fun and challenging trivia questions about the old Raymond Hotel, Dr. Winter, and our featured speaker for this year’s Dr. Robert Winter Memorial lecture, John Brinkmann, founder and publisher of American Bungalow magazine. Watch a sneak peak here!
Dr. Robert Winter Memorial Lecture featuring John Brinkmann
American Bungalow’s founder and publisher, John Brinkmann, will be the featured speaker at Pasadena Heritage’s second-annual Dr. Robert Winter Memorial Lecture. Mr. Brinkmann, another pioneer in the revival of the Craftsman Movement, presents his thoughts as a continuing tribute to the late Dr. Winter, known to many as “Bungalow Bob,” renowned architectural historian, critic, author and teacher. Tickets for this event are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
Neutra’s Experience in Japan: Finding Common Ground
The final event of Pasadena Heritage’s Preservation Pasadena will be a presentation by architectural historian Barbara Lamprecht, M.Arch. Ph.D., the author of three books on Modern architect Richard Neutra. She will relate Neutra’s experience in Japan when he visited there in 1930; how he and other Southern California Modernists discovered an approach to design, materials, and landscape that resonated with and confirmed their own; and how that resonance can be seen in Neutra’s interpretation of Modernism.
Pictured: The Meiji Shrine, Tokyo. Photo Courtesy of Barbara Lamprecht.
Pasadena Heritage wishes to thank The Gamble House Bookstore, the official bookseller for Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern.
Pasadena Heritage would like to thank our sponsors.
American Bungalow | Arts & Crafts Homes and Old House Journal
For sponsor information please contact Hayden Prater, Development Director, by emailing [email protected]