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Cal Poly Pomona and the Getty Conservation Institute

Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)


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Date: Thursday, May 23 2013


Location: Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House and Ray and Shelly Kappe Residence


Subject: Strategies for Preserving and Maintaining the Modern House


5 AIA Learning Credits


As part of the Getty’s PST: Modern Architecture L.A., a series of exhibitions

and public programs, Cal Poly Pomona and the Getty Conservation Institute is

offering a one-day technical workshop on “Preserving the Modern House.” This

program stems from the exhibition Technology and Environment: The Postwar

Southern California House being held at the Kellogg Gallery on the Cal Poly

Pomona campus from April 11-July 12, 2013.


The day-long workshop will focus on two icons of Los Angeles modernism:

Richard and Dion Neutra’s VDL Research House (1932-1966) and Ray Kappe’s

own residence (1967). The program will bring to light strategies for preserving

and maintaining these iconic works. Neutra’s VDL Research house was the

architect’s residence and studio for most of his illustrious career. The original

house dates to 1932, but after a devastating fire, the rebuilt house of 1966 was

designed with flat roofs that could also function as shallow pools. This design

innovation presented numerous conservation challenges, and their solution has

been an ongoing project.


The architecture of the Kappe house, completed in 1968 is based on a bridge-

like system of concrete towers spanned by beams of glued laminated lumber.

Time, and exceptional design have been kind to the Kappe residence, whose

innovative use of material and response to site and climate continue to make it

one of the most important 20th century American houses.


A series of lectures by experts in the area of architectural conservation will

be offered throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. These will be

followed by tours of the VDL House. The speakers will be:


• Leo Marmol, Principal, Marmol and Radziner, award-winning Los Angeles



• Sarah Lorenzen, Architect, Director of VDL and chair of the Department of

Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona


• Veronica Martin, Principal, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., San

Francisco a specialist in the remediation of water intrusion problems in

existing buildings


• Paul Gaudette, Principal, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., structural

engineer with extensive experience with modern and historic concrete



Following a box lunch (included in the price of the program), a coach will bring

participants to the Ray and Shelly Kappe residence where world-renown

architect, Ray Kappe, FAIA will answer questions about his residence. Tours of

the Kappe house will allow participants to get a closer look at this masterwork of

modern design.


Tentative Schedule:

9:00     Welcome to VDL Research House by Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D,

             Cal Poly Pomona and Kyle Normandin, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute

9:10-10:10    Veronica Martin to discuss waterproofing of modern buildings (lecture and Q&A)

10:15-11:15  Leo Marmol to discuss roofing project (30 minutes) followed by Q&A (30min.)

11:15-11:30  Break

11:30-12:30  Sarah Lorenzen, roof top presentation of VDL project

12:30-1:30    Box lunches distributed

1:30-2:30      Paul Gaudette on conservation of concrete

2:45              Leave for Kappe Residence

3:30              Arrive at Kappe Residence

3:45-4:45      Ray Kappe – Questions and Answers

5:00              Leave Kappes and return to Silver Lake

6:00              Arrive at Neutra VDL House


Please contact Johnny Tran for any questions or concerns:

Johnny Tran

Phone: 714.264.9897

Have questions about PRESERVING THE MODERN HOUSE L.A. ? Contact Cal Poly Pomona and the Getty Conservation Institute

When & Where

Neutra VDL House
2300 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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