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Authors on Architecture: Marsak on Bunker Hill
SAH/SCC Zoom Presentation
Saturday, November 14,2020, 01:00 PM




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Join SAH/SCC for an exploration of Los Angeles’ famed Bunker Hill. Nathan Marsak, author ofBunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir(Angel City Press, 2020), will take us on a fascinating virtual tour of the history of the highest point in Downtown Los Angeles.

This story of shifting cultural demographics traces how the rich moved into Bunker Hill and built grand homes in the florid Queen Anne and Beaux-Arts styles. When the wealthy residents moved westward, apartment buildings then sprang up. During the years, residents included poets, writers, artists, and activists. In yet another shift, the area was razed for redevelopment in the 1960s. Bunker Hill is now the location of important contemporary architecture, such as Walt Disney Concert Hall (Frank O. Gehry and Associates, 2003) and The Broad (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2015).

Marsak studied under the renowned historian Reyner Banham at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed his work at University of Wisconsin, Madison, with scholar Narciso G. Menocal, noted for his study of Louis Sullivan, FAIA, and Frank Lloyd Wright, FAIA. Marsak worked on the curatorial staff of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and served as an historian for the Los Angeles Police Museum archives. He is also the author ofLos Angeles NeonSchiffer Publishing 2002).

Many people’s first impressions of Bunker Hill are from classic noir movies, such as “Kiss Me Deadly” or “Criss Cross.” However, the neighborhood was far from the blighted slum suggested by film and described by pro-redevelopment forces. Tune into this talk to get the whole story.

Authors on Architecture: Marsak on Bunker Hill—Saturday, November 14, 2020; 1-2:30PM Pacific; $5; pay via PayPal link above or mail-in order form with check; Zoom connection information sent upon registration.

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