Posts Tagged ‘Caltech’

Central.Library.Ellen.ForsythSave the Date! On Thursday, March 7, 2013, Alhambra Preservation Group will present a lecture and slide presentation by esteemed author and architectural historian Romy Wyllie on the famed architect Bertram Goodhue, whose work has defined much of the Southern California landscape.  The lecture, entitled Bertram Goodhues Arts and Crafts Legacy, will take place at 7 p.m. in Reese Hall at Alhambra’s Civic Center Library, 101 S. 1st Street, Alhambra, CA  91801.

Goodhue was a true Renaissance man – an architect, typographer and graphic designer. His career spanned several movements, including Arts and Crafts, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Art Deco. He was the architect of much of Southern California’s iconic architecture and is credited with designing the Los Angeles Central Library and multiple buildings on the Pasadena’s Caltech campus. His work can be found throughout the United States.

The noted lecturer and Bertram Goodhue biographer, Romy Wyllie, is a native of England and taught architectural history and interior design at the Herrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in the early 1980s. Since 1985, she has led Caltech’s Architectural Tour Services as its co-founder and chairwoman.

Alhambra Preservation Group wishes to thank The Maloney Group realty partnership for its generous sponsorship of this special event and invites you to come and learn more about Bertram Goodhue, a true architectural star. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and ample public parking is available in the library’s underground parking structure.

To learn more or to RSVP for the event, please call Alhambra Preservation Group at (626) 755-3467 or follow us on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Forsyth.

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Make the most of your APG membership!  Every year in the Fall, Alhambra Preservation Group hosts a special “members-only” activity — a free guided tour of a Southern California architectural treasure.

This year we have a real treat in store for our members — a two-hour walking tour of the Caltech campus in Pasadena, scheduled for Friday morning, November 9th from 10 a.m. to noon.  If you’re not already a member of APG, you can join today and request to have your name added to our list of tour-goers.  A maximum of 30 participants can be accommodated on our private “behind the scenes” tour of the campus, but there are still spots available.

After a brief visit to the Caltech faculty club, the renowned Athenaeum designed in 1931 by Gordon Kaufmann, the tour will explore several original buildings on campus, some of which date to 1910.  Participants will see how architect and master planner Bertram Goodhue, using “shaded portals, sheltering walls and Persian pools,” set the tone for a campus of great beauty — so that the scientists and engineers working and studying here could become more aware of the aesthetic values of life.

Our tour guide will be Romy Wyllie, author of the foremost reference work on the history of the Institute, Caltechs Architectural Heritage, from Spanish Tile to Modern Stone, published in 2000.  A certified interior designer and member of the International Interior Design Association, Wyllie has taught architectural history and interior design.  She is co-founder and chairman of the Caltech Architectural Tour Service.

The Caltech tour is a fairly strenuous walk, covering a distance of about 1.3 miles, and it includes flights of stairs.  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  We regret that strollers, walkers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 31.  Call today to learn more, or to get your name on the list of tour-goers:  (626) 755-3467.

Photos courtesy of Caltech.

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