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Rodney Walker 3, 30, 90
SAHSCC Tour
Saturday, June 10, 2006

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Join SAH/SCC Executive Board Member Craig Walker for the first tour of the Los Angeles residential work of acclaimed Case Study House architect, Rodney Walker. This is a two-day event (depending on the option you prefer), beginning with a SAH/SCC members-only reception at Case Study House #18, Saturday, June 10th, 3-5PM, in Pacific Palisades. A full day of touring awaits on Sunday, June 11th, 10AM-5PM.

Rodney Walker's early work as a draftsman in R.M. Schindler's office made him a natural choice for Arts & Architectures groundbreaking Case Study House Program. Walkers work is characterized by the creation of aesthetically innovative spaces using experimental materials (e.g., steel, fiberglass, plywood), technologies, and techniques. Walker expands on modernisms essential ideas about dissolving the barriers between exterior and interior space through his extensive use of expressive, floating roof planes that emphasize the sky as well as the landscape. His dramatic use of interior planters and water features bring nature into the residential experience in a way that is tangible, tactile, and accessible.

The first event begins on Saturday afternoon at Case Study House #18 (1948) where the homeowner and the restoration architect will be celebrated for their meticulous restoration of the home following extensive damage from the Northridge earthquake. Perched on a spectacular site overlooking the ocean, attendees will have the opportunity to watch the afternoon light change, enjoy wine and cheese, and visit with experts on and colleagues of Rodney Walker. Gordon Olschlager, AIA, the restoration architect on the project, will give a brief presentation.

Sundays residential tour begins with a lecture on the architect and his work, followed by visits to nine never-before-seen residences perched in the hills and canyons around Mulholland Drive. Among the homes featured will be the residence Walker built for his family in 1952, which received a 38-page feature spread in House Beautiful.

Rodney Walker never took the time to write manifestos or seek publicity. He was too busy building. As architect and builder, Walker was able to apply his talent to both the aesthetic and pragmatic challenges of post-war residential construction. The result is that Rodney Walker-designed homes are intensely personal experiences. The special dialogue Walker created between his clients and their homes continues to resonate with a new generation of enthusiastic homeowners who have established their own personal connections with the work.

Tour participants will park at the lecture facility and then enjoy shuttle transportation to each of the individual houses and a picnic lunch. Shuttles will return participants to the lecture facility at the completion of the tour. Tickets for the SAH/SCC members-only Saturday reception are $45, and include wine and cheese refreshments and parking shuttle to Case Study House #18. Sunday tour tickets are $79 for SAH/SCC members, and $100 for non-members, and includes the opening lecture, a box lunch, shuttle transportation between locations, parking, and tour brochure.

Sunday's tour is also being offered in conjunction with the national convention of the American Institute of Architects in Los Angeles, so be sure to reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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