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Architects of A Golden Age
Behind-the-Scenes Exhibit Tour
Saturday, November 03, 2018

Join the SAH/SCC as we get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Huntington Library’s new exhibit, “Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from the Huntington’s Architecture Collection.” Erin Chase, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Photography at The Huntington, will be our guide. Our tour begins at 9:30AM, before the exhibit is open to the public.

About 20 carefully selected original drawings and plans depicting elegant, powerful, whimsical, and iconic buildings will tease out the story of a place and time that was ripe for architectural innovation. “Architects of a Golden Age” highlights renderings that helped bring into existence some of the most extraordinary buildings in the greater LA area, including Downtown’s Union Passenger Terminal (John & Donald Parkinson, 1934), Mayan Theater (Morgan, Walls & Clements, 1927), LA Stock Exchange (Samuel E. Lunden, John & Donald Parkinson, 1931), and Chinatown structures, as well as seminal examples of the California bungalow.

The Huntington’s focus on collecting architectural documentation coincided with the inception of LA’s preservation movement, which sprang into action around 1978. “For curators at The Huntington, that was the time to actively seek out and salvage as much of the architectural record as possible, as dozens of significant buildings fell to the wrecking ball and the downtown skyline was forever changed,” said Chase.

There was a dire need to rescue the records of local architects in the late 1970s, as archives were being destroyed and buildings demolished to make way for redevelopment. The Huntington joined in the cause and committed to collecting these records with a concentration on projects in most jeopardy of being lost: those created in Southern California between 1920 and 1940. In the past 40 years, the collection has grown to include thousands of plans, renderings, photographs, and project records that cover not only work created between World Wars I and II, but also before and after that period—representing the evolution of architects’ work over time.

Event price includes all-day admission to the Huntington Library. So you are free to enjoy the gardens and other exhibits. The Huntington now also features several new dining options you may want to explore on your own at lunchtime. Table service is now the norm at the tearoom.

We regret that this event is not suitable for people who cannot stand for long periods of time or require the assistance of a service pet.

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