Modernism at Risk Open House
Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)
Los Angeles, CA
Modernism at Risk
An open house to benefit VDL Studio and Residences and World Monuments Fund
Saturday June 18
5 - 7 PM
VDL Studio and Residences
2300 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Please join us at Richard Neutra's VDL Studio and Residences. Tour the house, help save one of Los Angeles's modern icons, meet new and old friends -- and show your support for the preservation of modernism worldwide!
Drinks sponsored by Knoll / Snacks by Border Grill
World Monuments Fund
World Monuments Fund’s mission is to preserve the world’s architectural heritage of significant monuments, buildings, and sites. WMF’s Modernism at Risk Initiative, launched in 2006 with founding sponsor Knoll, addresses the distinct threats facing great works of modern architecture around the world through advocacy, conservation, and public education. WMF also awards the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize biennially to a design professional or firm in recognition of an innovative architectural or design solution that preserves or enhances a modern landmark or landmarks.
VDL Research Studio and Residences
With a no-interest loan from Dutch philanthropist Dr CH Van Der Leeuw, Viennese-American architect Richard Neutra began building a radical “glass house” with rooftop and balcony gardens on Silver Lake Boulevard in 1932. Named the VDL Research house, after Neutra’s benefactor, additions were made in 1940 by Richard Neutra, and again in 1966 by Richard Neutra and his son, Dion Neutra, following a fire in the 1932 wing. A small 60x70 foot lot housed Neutra’s office and three separate family residences in a tranquil environment with patios, pools, and rooftop and balcony gardens where nature penetrated the dwelling spaces. The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences demonstrated that modern urban design could be affordable, and innovative climate-sensitive design features were incorporated, included a cooling rooftop reflection pool, large overhangs, and movable sun louvers. Hundreds of creative worldwide projects were designed at VDL, and the site became a cultural and political salon, attracting some of the world’s most prominent thinkers. In 1990 Richard Neutra’s wife Dione left the VDL Research compound to the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design.
For more information contact Ashley Tierney at World Monuments Fund, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-424-9594.
World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization devoted to saving the world’s most treasured places. For over 45 years, working in more than 90 countries, our highly skilled experts have applied proven and effective techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the globe. Through partnerships with local communities, funders, and governments, we inspire an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations. Headquartered in New York, WMF has offices and affiliates worldwide.
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