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PRESIDENT'S LETTER

 

Archipedia

This year, SAH national is embarking on an exciting project: Archipedia. Archipedia is an NEH-funded project that functions as an online public resource documenting 100 buildings of historical significance for each state in the U.S. The website’s mission is to be “an authoritative online encyclopedia of the built world.”

SAH/SCC member Dr. Emily Bills, Managing Director of the Julius Shulman Institute at the School of Architecture at Woodbury University, has been tasked with the difficult matter of coordinating the California portion of the project.

Indeed, the hardest part of Emily’s position will be narrowing down the list to a mere 100. For a state the size of California, this would be challenging enough. However, Southern California’s rich legacy of architecture would make compiling such a list for our region alone a daunting task.

Unlike qualifying for the National Register of Historic Places, the buildings on the list are not weighed down by a 50-year age threshold. A review of the general working list of potential buildings includes The Getty Center (Richard Meier, 1997), Frank Gehry Residence (1978), CalTrans District 7 Headquarters (Morphosis, 2004), and Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA (Bruce Goff/Bart Prince, 1978-88). Of course the list also contains recognized buildings of historical and cultural significance, such as The Lummis House (Charles Fletcher Lummis; Hunt & Eisen, 1895-1910) and the Eames House (1947-49).

An example of some of the first posts—each building includes a short essay, photographs and maps—can be viewed at http://sah-archipedia.org/

So, if you have ever fancied yourself to be a Gebhard or a Winter (and really, who hasn’t?), now is the time to step up and help Emily memorialize 100 of California’s most significant buildings. For more information, please contact Emily Bills at emilybills@gmail.com

Sian Winship

 
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