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SAH/SCC presents an evening of film and talk focusing on Ruth Patricia Shellhorn (1909-2006), a land
SAH/SCC Lecture & Book Signing
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Architect to some of the nation’s wealthiest achievers in the first half of the 20th century, Lilian Rice has become a controversial figure. A woman in a man’s world, she was given an unprecedented opportunity in 1923 when her employer asked her to oversee the design of Rancho Santa Fe, a master-planned community catering to the rich and famous.

In recent years, critics have depicted her as deceptive, leading her clients in Rancho Santa Fe to believe she was a licensed architect to gain their trust and lucrative commissions. Did Rice misrepresent herself on her way to architectural fame, or is she being unfairly labeled to discredit and devalue the work? Author Diane Welch’s new book, Lilian Rice: Master Architect (Schiffer, 2015), uncovers the truth about the obscure architect, introduces her clients that include some of Hollywood’s brightest stars, and tells of the exciting times in which she lived.

Join SAH/SCC in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library (Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers, 1927) for a lecture and book signing by the author. Welch, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author based in Solana Beach, previously penned Lilian J. Rice: Master Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, a first-place winner in the San Diego Book Awards for Biography in 2011.

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