Modern Works: A (Non-Residential) Architectural Tour

May 15, 2011

Westridge's Hoffman Gynamiusm, designed by Smith after he left the partnership.

It’s that time of year again: home tour season. Really there are home and architectural tours all year round because after all this is Southern California and why not walk through strangers’ homes in any month you please, but there do seem to be a lot more of them around now, as spring slips into summer. We recommend breaking up the monotony of the home tour schedule with this Saturday’s lecture and architectural tour of modern, non-residential buildings, all designed by either Edward Durell Stone or Smith & Williams.

The event is being put on by those relentless preservers of Pasadena’s cultural assets, Pasadena Heritage. They’ve procured the distinguished Alan Hess, an architect and critic (his book is Forgotten Modern), who will give an illustrated lecture at 1 p.m. in Westridge’s Fran Norris Scoble Performing Arts Center, to be followed at 2:30 p.m. by a tour of four significant structures, two each from Stone and Smith & Williams. Stops include the Stuart Pharmaceutical Company building, Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, the Children’s Chapel (formerly of the former Neighborhood Church, now of Sequoyah), and the offices of Smith & Williams, which they, of course, designed.

Modern Works—Lecture & Tour
Saturday, May 21st, 1 p.m.
Fran Norris Scoble Performing Arts Center
Westridge: 324 Madeline Dr., Pasadena
Lecture and tour: $45
Lecture only: $18
; 626.441.6333



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