Image: The Lawrence Test House - photography by Dennis Hill
The Pasadena Heritage Organization produces several home tour events each year. Pasadena 1940 Forward is the next tour coming up on 5/19. The tour is a great way to see six of Pasadena's great modern homes. From Buff and Hensman to Lawrence Test, to Harold Zook, all six homes are wonderful examples.
Here is the release from PHO:
Pasadena Heritage will offer unique programs this spring as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a Getty-initiated celebration of the city’s modern architectural heritage through exhibitions and programs at cultural institutions in and around L.A. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, 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.
|On May 16, 2013, as part of this initiative, Pasadena Heritage will present Pasadena 1940 Forward: Three Views of the Recent Past, featuring presentations and discussion by three noted architectural historians. Alan 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. He assisted Pasadena Heritage in preparing nominations to the National Register of HIstoric Places for Pasadena's Edward Durell Stone's Stuart Pharmaceutical Company (1958), and Wurdeman and Becket's Bullock's Pasadena (1947). 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, poulated by the work of the University of Southern California/Pasadena School of Architecture, 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. She is an expert on Richard Neutra and the author of two books on the architect's work. She is completing her dissertation on Neutra's work at the University of Liverpool. Daniel Paul is a Senior Architectural Historican in the Los Angeles office of ICF International. While at ICF International he completed draft context statements and guidelines for evaluating design significance of 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. Daniel graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2004 with a Master's Degree in Art History. His thesis was about the advent of 1970s-era reflecting glass office architecture as first conceived by Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden.|
|The setting for these presentations will be the dramatic
1975 Pasadena Presbyterian Church, designed by Pasadena noted architect
John Gougeon. Unique views and perceptions of the evolution of
Pasadena’s residential architecture will be the focus, from mid-century
masterpieces to planned communities and their places in this community’s
rich architectural tradition. The program will take place on Thursday,
May 16, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.|