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The Modern Ranch House
SAH/SCC Home Tour & Salon
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Join SAH/SCC for a special afternoon exploring the work of architect/builder Edward A. Kirtlan at the A.F. Barker Residence (1958) in Glendale. The program will include a discussion about the history and architecture of the residence by SAH/SCC Patron Member John LoCasio, AIA, principal of Historic Resources Group, and Alan Adams, master carpenter, who worked on the Barker Residence.

Kirtlan (1903-1996) was born in Los Angeles, and attended several universities, including Stanford, Yale, and USC prior to graduating from the architecture department at the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. After World War II, Kirtlan opened an architecture office in Pasadena. He frequently developed his own speculative projects and acted as contractor.

Built for insurance agent Albert “Al” Frederick Barker, an acknowledged innovator within the surety bond business, the Barker Residence was conceived as a contemporary ranch-style home. The post-and-beam design resulted in an open plan anchored by concrete block and stone design elements.

“Kirtlan’s work is indicative of the large number of talented designers and builders who transformed the residential landscape of Los Angeles during the postwar period,” says SAH/SCC Board Member Jean Baaden, who organized this event. “While Southern California is home to works by master architects, the region boasts many excellent examples of mid-century modern architecture by designers who are not household names.”

As a salon, tickets for this event are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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