Pasadena Heritage presents Pasadena 1940 Forward

This spring, Pasadena Heritage will offer unique programs in a Getty-initiated celebration of the city’s modern architectural heritage through exhibitions and programs at cultural institutions in and around L.A.

Harold-Zook-HouseA leading historic preservation organization founded in 1977, Pasadena Heritage will host a three-part lecture and panel discussion on May 16 and an architectural tour of modern-era homes on May 19. Oral histories will also be recorded and published.

Modern Architecture in L.A. is a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.

Pasadena 1940 Forward: Three Views of the Recent Past:

Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Featuring presentations and discussion by three noted architectural historians. The setting for these presentations will be the dramatic 1975 Pasadena Presbyterian Church, designed by Pasadena noted architect John Gougeon.

Lawrence Test HouseAlan Hess is the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News. He has written nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century and been active in the preservation of post-World War II architecture.

Barbara Lamprecht is an architectural historian and trained architect. She authored the National Register Multiple Property Submission, City of Pasadena, for the Poppy Peak Historic District, as well as for five individual National Register nominations of Buff, Straub, and Hensman residences, including the Norton House, which will be featured on the May 19th tour.

Daniel Paul is a Senior Architectural Historian in the Los Angeles office of ICF International. While at ICF International he completed draft context statements and guidelines for evaluating design significance Los Angeles architecture constructed between 1965 and 1980, and wrote the nomination listing Pegfair Estates in Linda Vista onto the National Register of Historic Places.
Pasadena 1940 Forward: Residential Architecture of the Recent Past:

Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ted-Tyler-House-interior-1This is a drive-yourself tour of 6 exceptional Modern-era homes in the Pasadena area. Experienced docents will lead tours through each featured private home, providing guests with a multi-faceted exploration of the work of several distinguished architects.

Included on the tour will be Pasadena architect Lawrence Test’s own home, recently restored and open to thepublic for the first time. We will also highlight the work of the talented builder Ted Tyler. Born in Pasadena,Tyler began to construct homes during the postwar building boom and worked with architects including James Pulliam, Smith & Williams, and Buff & Hensman. This tour will feature two homes designed by Conrad Buff & Donald Hensman, capturing the entire scope of their work from the 1954 Norton House to the 1983 Hamlin House. Harold Zook’s own1951 home will be open for tours, and Mr. Zook will be present to meet tour guests. The Dorland House, designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, will also be on the tour. The homes selected for the tour represent the work of some of the most noteworthy practitioners of residential architecture in SouthernCalifornia after 1940.

Pasadena 1940 Forward: Personal Stories from the Recent Past:

This is a new chapter in Pasadena Heritage’s Oral History Program. A previously-recorded oral history of USC alumnus, teacher and Pasadena architect DonaldHensman, including wonderful stories about his five decades of work with Conrad Buff and Cal Straub, will be republished as well as the oral history of Ted Tyler, a prolific master builder and designer who worked with Don Hensman. A summary of a recorded interview with Lawrence Test will also be available. Two new oral histories of key architects of the period will be recorded and published, including one of Harold Zook, who designed significant mid-century homes in Pasadena as well as the iconic 1957 Saga Motor Hotel. John Gougeon, architect of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church and area residences, will be the subject of a second oral history. Copies of these personal stories will be provided to various libraries and collections for the public to access and will be available for purchase.

Ticket information
Tickets for these events will go on sale April 11th. To order tickets and for more event information, please visit or call 626-441-6333.

Major support for Pasadena 1940 Forward has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

About Pacific Standard Time Presents
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. celebrates the city’s modern architectural heritage through thematic exhibitions at nine venues in and around the city. Modern Architecture in L.A. provides a wide-ranging look at the region’s postwar built environment and the contributions of Los Angeles architects to the field. By examining a range of building types, from iconic modernist homes to the vast freeway network that has shaped this unique megalopolis, the exhibitions promise new insight into the city’s planning, development and global impact.

About Pasadena Heritage
Pasadena Heritage is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 and dedicated to historic preservation in and around Pasadena, California.

For additional information and photographs: Pasadena Heritage, Patty Judy 626.441.6333, ext. 16
Images: The Lawrence Test House – photography by Dennis Hill

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