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Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern

Last year Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend was reimagined with a broader frame and a new name! The city of Pasadena is home to some of the most notable examples of architect-designed properties from Craftsman style to Modern and everything in between. Explore architectural style and design over five decades and learn the connections and differences that illustrate how architecture changed through time. Recordings are now available to watch at your convenience for this year’s fall education event, Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern.

MOST EVENTS WERE BE RECORDED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH DECEMBER 25 AND VIEWABLE THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2021!

RECORDED EVENTS

Recording of Bungalow Courts Zoom Presentation

This presentation was recorded on Zoom and is available as a self-driving tour using the Izi Travel App.

This presentation and tour covers selected Pasadena bungalow courts ranging from 1910 to the 1940s.  Courts were built as a form of multifamily housing having the atmosphere of a group of detached houses in a garden setting.  The introductory presentation and tour materials will provide insights into the origins and evolution of this appealing type of residential architecture – a form that originated in Pasadena.  See and hear about works by Sylvanus Marston, the Heineman brothers, D. M. Renton, Buchanan & Brockway, and many other designers. Juan Dela Cruz presenter.

Recording of Irving Gill, the Greatest Architect You've Never Heard Of Zoom Presentation

Irving John Gill was born outside Syracuse in 1870 and after a brief apprenticeship he moved to Chicago, first working with Joseph Sillsbee then with the seminal architectural firm of Adler and Sullivan where he worked as a draftsman under a young Frank Lloyd Wright. He next moved to San Diego in 1893. Gill designed San Diego’s Arts and Crafts movement masterpiece along with William Hebbard in 1905 for the progressive Marston family, today it is San Diego’s finest house museum. He would finally break new ground with the cubist masterpiece 1905 Allen House, arguably the first Modernism house in America. He also designed one of the great early Modernism houses in Los Angeles, the 1915-16 Walter Dodge House, which tragically was demolished in the 1970s. Today Gill is remembered for designing utopian groupings of Modernism houses, and his concern for social architecture, designing houses for Native Americans and progressive single women. He was written about in Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman more times than any other architect outside of the Greene brothers. 

Gill is regarded as one of the most important early 20th architects on the west coast. Allen Hazard presenter.

Recording of Arthur and Alfred Heineman: The Pasadena Bungalow Courts Zoom Presentation

This presentation features brothers Arthur and Alfred Heineman who were key contributors to the bungalow court form of housing, and they designed four courts in the Pasadena area.  Historian John Ripley will talk about the famous brothers and their highly regarded local examples, with a special emphasis on the two courts that were demolished in 1969.  The presentation includes materials not previously seen in books or lectures.

Recording of Pasadena Avenue Virtual Walking Tour Zoom Presentation

This presentation was recorded on Zoom and is available as a self-guided walking tour using the Izi Travel App.

The Pasadena Avenue Historic District encompasses the southern portion of what was once the SR710 Freeway route through Pasadena. When the freeway was finally abandoned by Caltrans in 2019, Pasadena Heritage moved quickly to nominate the Pasadena Avenue District to the National Register of Historic Places. 


In preparation for building a freeway, Caltrans began buying homes and properties along the freeway route more than 50 years ago, using eminent domain to obtain more than a hundred Pasadena homes dating from the mid-1800s to the 1950s.  Since our founding in 1977, Pasadena Heritage fought to defeat the freeway as an outdated and destructive highway project that would destroy livable neighborhoods and historic resources in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles. Pasadena Heritage nominated these buildings to be sure that they will be considered historic properties under city rules and regulations. Their exteriors will be largely protected as they return to private ownership.

Recording of Magnolia Virtual Walking Tour Zoom Presentation

This presentation was recorded on Zoom and is available as a self-guided walking tour using the Izi Travel App.

This tour will focus on Magnolia and Euclid Avenues, immediately south of California Boulevard and includes homes built during the Victorian era, but mostly the early 1900s leading up to the first World War. Several distinguished residents of Pasadena have lived in this neighborhood including a former Mayor; longtime Minister of the First Presbyterian Church; a U.S. badminton champion who once made the cover of Time Magazine; and early television chef, Julia Child.

Vin de California Winery and Lucky Wine Tasting Zoom Presentation - AVAILABLE THIS NIGHT ONLY

Saturday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a Virtual Happy Hour with Pasadena winery Vin de California! Kate and Adam Vourvoulis, owners of Vin de California Winery and the Good Luck Wine Shop, will be joining us for this very special Virtual Happy Hour. They focus on making natural wines from California's heritage varieties. Natural wine means: organic farming and/or no synthetic pesticides, hand harvested grapes, native ferment, no temperature control, no additions outside of minimal amounts of sulphur, no fining or filtering, and wineries owned and operated by real people. Ethical winemaking and labor practices are essential for Vin de California when carrying a wine.

Recording of Craftsman Heights Landmark District Virtual Walking Tour Zoom Presentation

This presentation was recorded on Zoom and is available as a self-guided walking tour using the Izi Travel App.

This neighborhood was developed mostly between 1904 and the first World War. By the 1950s, this area was in economic decline. The resurgence of interest in the Arts and Crafts Movement in the 1970s started a trend to restore homes in the neighborhood to their original glory. One of Pasadena’s newer landmark districts, Craftsman Heights has many unique homes from the early Pasadena Arts and Crafts Movement, which individually and together are gems in Pasadena’s Crown.

Recording of Before you Remodel Panel of Expert in Architecture, Restoration, and Remodeling Panel Discussion

Before you remodel your property learn about how to prepare for a sensitive addition that respects the time period and scale of your home. This panel will include an architect, homeowner, contractor, city personnel, and design perspectives. Susan Masterman, William W. Ellinger, III, Marie Gauthier.

Edward Durell Stone: American Modernist- AVAILABLE THIS NIGHT ONLY

Sunday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This presentation will be available as a pre-recorded lecture only. Due to copyright concerns, the presentation on Edward Durell Stone will not be recorded for future viewing. Tickets to this event are for one night only.

Edward Durell Stone was one of the first American architects to embraceEuropean modernism in the early 1930s in a series of prominent homes in the Northeast and in his design for the Museum of Modern Art in NewYork. However, Stone later rejected the austerity of International Style modernism at the apex of its popularity, in favor of a warmer and referential architecture more attuned to his origins.

Stone embraced Frank Lloyd Wright’s aesthetic in the immediate post war era, and later fused it with classical precedent in his projects of the mid-1950s such as the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and the Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena. These choices simultaneously generated substantial commercial success and withering critical hostility.

In this slide lecture, Stone's youngest son and biographer, Hicks Stone, himself a practicing architect, documents the breadth of his father's life and career. His biography of his father, Edward Durell Stone: A Son's UntoldStory of a Legendary Architect, was published by Rizzoli in the fall of 2011.

Recording of Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery Virtual Tour Presentation

Born in Illinois in 1878, Cecil E. Bryan began building mausoleums in 1912, after spending a year working for Frank Lloyd Wright. Though Bryan designed more than eighty mausoleums throughout his lifetime, he considered Mountain View Mausoleum his masterpiece. So much so that when he passed away in 1951, it was there that he chose to be interred. The mausoleum’s focal point is easily its 180-foot-long Great Gallery featuring an ornate vaulted ceiling hand-painted by artist Martin Syvertsen. The Mausoleum also boasts stained glass windows created by Judson Studios, surfaces fashioned from more than 64 varieties of Italian marble, and intricate tile work. Mountain View is a true hidden gem. This magnificent mausoleum is as much a work of art as it is a historic resting place.

Recording of Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Place Can Transform America's Cities Author's Book Presentation

Author Ken Bernstein, who oversees Los Angeles’s Office of Historic Resources, tells the comprehensive story of how historic preservation has revived Los Angeles neighborhoods, created a Downtown renaissance, and guided the future of the city. Under Bernstein’s leadership, Los Angeles has developed one of the most successful historic preservation programs in the nation, culminating with the completion of the nation’s most ambitious citywide survey of historic resources. Bernstein showcases Los Angeles as a model for other cities, demonstrating how preservation can revitalize neighborhoods and build community.

Recording of Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams Author's Book Presentation

In this new book, co-author Stephen Gee explores the work and innovation of Paul R. Williams, providing the most extensive biography of the pioneering Black architect to date. Authors Marc Appleton, Stephen Gee, and Bret Parsons focus on the incredible career of Williams, the first African American member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a dominant force in Southern California architecture. Focusing on 30 of Williams’s most acclaimed projects, as featured in the early pages of The Architectural Digest, the book -- the most extensive biography of the pioneering Black architect to date -- provides an extensively researched and detailed account of Williams’ rise to prominence, including archival images of his work in its original state.

Recordings of Exhibitor Talks

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.

The Bungalow Craft by Julie Leidel

Take a virtual tour of Roycroft Master Artisan Julie Leidel's home studio in Evergreen, CO. She will show examples of her various artwork styles, and give an overview of her artistic process and inspiration behind her paintings.

Keith Rust Illustration

Discover the artistic process of Roycroft Artisan Keith Rust and learn about the influences on this California native. He will also preview some of his upcoming painting concepts and take some time to visit and answer questions.

Recording of City Beautiful Movement Presentation

The City Beautiful Movement emerged in response to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The fundamental idea expounded at the fair was that the city was no longer a symbol of economic development and industrialization, but could now be seen as enhancing the aesthetic environment of its many inhabitants. Join Kevin Johnson, City of Pasadena Senior Planner, as he talks about the history of the City Beautiful Movement and how it influenced the development of Pasadena’s Civic Center.

Recording of Civic Center Virtual Walking Tour

A City Beautiful Association in Pasadena was formed in 1914, but it wasn’t until George Ellery Hale began pressing the idea of a true “civic center” with the City Board of Directors that actual planning began. Hale was a well-known and respected astronomer who founded the Mt. Wilson Observatory and was a leading scientific mind at Caltech. Hale was a force of nature, a man with boundless energy, cosmopolitan tastes, and substantial powers of persuasion. He conceived of Pasadena as an “Athens of the West,” with fine scientific, educational, and cultural amenities. Hale had direct connections to Daniel Burnham of Chicago, the father of American city planning, and hired Burnham’s successor, Edward Bennett, to design a complete city plan for Pasadena, not just a civic center. In 1922, Hale presented his ideas for a new Civic Center to the City’s Board of Directors. The Board endorsed the plan, and Hale then took it to the influential members of the business community to garner support. This virtual tour will look at the buildings that make up today’s Pasadena Civic Center, a beautiful tribute to our city.

Recording of Architect Bertram Goodhue Presentation

Bertram Goodhue began his architectural practice designing primarily Neo-Gothic churches with his partner Ralph Cram in New York. Insatiably curious by nature he traveled widely in Mexico, South America, Europe, North Africa and the Mideast. He co-wrote and illustrated a 10 volume work on Spanish Colonial Architecture in the Western Hemisphere which was the standard reference on the topic for decades. He was architect for the 1915 San Diego-Panama Exposition, and his work there is widely credited with defining and igniting the 1920’s California “Spanish Colonial Revival” style movement. In 1916 he became architect of record for Caltech, and over the next 15 years his firm built almost a dozen buildings on the campus. Those buildings defined the architectural style and character of the campus, with low rise Spanish and Mediterranean quadrangles, built around lush garden and water elements. This presentation briefly traces the course of his career and creative development, with a strong emphasis on his work at Caltech. Goodhue was possibly the most skilled architect of his day in successfully combining the elements of many architectural traditions, as he does masterfully on the Caltech campus.

Recording of Top 10 Preservations Stories Everyone Should Know Panel Discussion

Sit in on this memorable discussion with Pasadena’s leading preservationists. Founding Board Members William W. Ellinger, III and Claire Bogaard, Executive Director of Pasadena Heritage Susan N. Mossman, and others will regale us with 40 plus years of stories of successful preservation and some heart-crushing losses. How did it happen? What did they learn along the way? Listen to the stories that keep us motivated and inspired doing the work of preservation today.

Informal Round-table Discussions - THIS EVENT WAS NOT RECORDED

We want to hear and learn from YOU! Join these informal round-table discussions. Committee members will serve as hosts and facilitators at each discussion group but the stories and lessons come from each person present. Join us and share your expertise and experience.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. How Have You Added Value to Your Historic Property

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mourning the Loss of Historic Places that Were Meaningful to You

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Collectors Show and Tell

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Landmark District Leaders Conversations

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Future of Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern – give us feedback, tell us what you like, what’s missing, programming ideas.

Encore Presentations - FREE with purchase of the Package Price Ticket

These videos were previously offered as Pasadena Heritage events and are available during Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern for those who purchase the Package.

Japanese American Stories from Pasadena

Sites, Scenes, and Stories: Intersections of Architecture and the Pasadena Latino Community in the 20th Century

Old Pasadena Virtual Tour February, 2021 featuring Dayton Street

Old Pasadena Virtual Tour April, 2021 featuring Mills Place

Old Pasadena Virtual Tour August, 2021 featuring Transportation


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