Photo from Rev. William Krekelberg, Mission San Juan Capistrano, 2004.
Join Docomomo US/ SoCal in a celebration of four architects who helped to shape Los Angeles’ Modernist legacy: Gin Wong, Norma Sklarek, Robert Kennard, and Paul R. Williams.
In an intimate panel discussion, listen to the personal stories recounted by relatives, associates, and admirers of these four pioneering architects in the setting of Paul R. Williams’ Founder’s Church of Religious Science.
A reception and self-guided tour begin at 4:30 pm. The panel discussion begins at 5:15 pm. The admission is $10 for non-members and is free to members of Docomomo US.
For tickets, please go to: http://www.docomomo-socal.org/events.html
In 1769, Captain Gaspar de Portolá led the first Spanish overland expedition from Mexico to what is now Orange County. In 2019, some museums and historical societies are recognizing the 250th anniversary of the expedition. The Workman and Temple Families Homestead Museum has organized this hike and discussion on July 28th. Register for the 8 am or the 11 am session. The event is free but reservations are recommended, here.
From the Homestead Museum website: Attend one or both of these programs reflecting on the lasting impact of the Portolá Expedition. In the morning, take part in a moderate guided hike in the Puente Hills near where the Expedition passed. Later, join members of the Homestead, Orange County Historical Society, and Kizh Nation in a conversation about the aftereffect of Portolá's trek. Space is limited.
The California Preservation Conference brings more than 600 participants from across the state to learn, network, and share successes. The conference includes over 40 sessions, special events, networking activities, and site tours in and around Palm Springs. From its stunning architecture to its breathtaking landscapes, Palm Springs retains much of its character because of the dedicated work of preservationists who have fought to create and maintain this iconic desert oasis.
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Co-sponsored by the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, the National Park Service and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, this national conference will address the most important issues in the evaluation and preservation of post-World War II historic resources.
For Orange County enthusiasts, attend the day-long tour given by Alan Hess on Saturday, March 16: “Postwar Bonanza: Alan Hess Loves Orange County.” The tour description is: “Fans of the Reyner Banham classic will love this updated version featuring architect, historian, and OC resident Alan Hess! Spend the day touring postwar highlights of this suburban metropolis with visits to: the Crystal Cathedral complex famously described as “a 22-acre shopping center for Jesus Christ” featuring buildings by Richard Neutra, Philip Johnson, and Richard Meier; the master-planned community of Irvine, progenitor of planned communities the country over; the William Pereira-designed UC Irvine campus; and more!”
Find out more about this unique conference, and sign up for updates here.
If you’re active in the conservation and rehabilitation of historic places, this day-long seminar would be of interest to you. The Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines make up the bible used throughout the country for preservation projects encompassing treatments from adaptive re-use to reconstruction. CPF has assembled an excellent panel of experienced professionals in preservation planning, heritage resource management, and city planning. Presented by the California Preservation Foundation at the South Pasadena Public Library, you can also attend via live broadcast. Please click here for more programming detail and to pay for registration.
Planning Irvine- A Historical Symposium Presented by the American Planning Association- Orange County
The oldest parts of Irvine- the campus of UC Irvine, and neighborhoods such as University Park- were designed over 50 years ago as part of a master plan to develop the former Irvine Ranch, by the Irvine Company. Join the local city planning community, historians, and preservationists in this 3rd annual symposium that will address the development history of Irvine. “Planning Irvine” follows previous symposia on Anaheim and Santa Ana. The event includes a walking tour, and is open to the public.
Tickets are $25 for APA members, $35 for non-members, and $15 for students. Tickets include lunch and can be obtained here.
Get to know the architectural gems of downtown Santa Ana with local resident and historian, Tim Rush. Mr. Rush leads small groups every couple of months on an informative tour of the history and buildings of the county seat. Well known structures such as the Old Orange County Courthouse are included in the tour but so are buildings such as the Santora, a fabulous example - and one of the few in Southern California- of the Churrigueresque style. The tour is conducted under the auspices of the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society, and meets at the Dr. Willela Howe Waffle House.
Purchase tickets online at http://www.santaanahistory.com/index.html
Historic preservation faces enormous challenges in a time of rapid change. This conference will examine the most innovative methods and strategies for upholding and instituting historic preservation, both across the state and in the dynamic, high-tech region of the Silicon Valley. See iconic historic places in tours, mobile workshops, and engaging conference sessions. Come together to explore how historic preservationists, affordable housing advocates, architects, designers, planners, engineers and more can partner together in upholding our cultural heritage in a fast-paced, economically vibrant state and region.
Join the California Preservation Foundation, The City of Palo Alto, and Palo Alto Stanford Heritage (PAST) at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel to celebrate the deep historic roots of a dynamic, culturally diverse, high-tech region and state.
Location: Sheraton Palo Alto
For more information and to register, please go to: https://californiapreservation.org/programs/conference/
Old Towne Preservation Association 16th Annual Historic Home Tour, Orange, CA
This popular self-guided exploration of Old Towne icons returns for two days this fall. Come see the most interesting in Craftsman, Victorian, Mission, Bungalow, Revival and other historic styles found in the Old Towne Orange Historic District.
Tickets are $25 per person for non-OTPA members, and $20 for members. Tickets available now!
For more information, please go to: http://www.otpa.org/home-tour---2017.html
This is the 20th year of the award-winning Santa Ana Historical Society’s Annual Historical Cemetery Tour.
This event is an exciting and fun glimpse into the past! Tour guides lead guests to the final resting places of historic local figures, set in the beautiful greenery of Fairhaven Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery. There, costumed actors play out scenes from personal stories and interesting moments of Orange County history. Small groups, a lovely outdoor setting, and close access to the actors make the tour an entertaining outing for the whole family. History displays, and sales of books and other items complete the tour .
For more information, please go to: http://www.santaanahistory.com/cemeterytour.html
The Crystal Cove Conservancy presents Crystal Cove State Park Historic District Tour. Founder, Laura Davick, will lead the tour of seaside cottages from the early 20th century. The tour is free. For more information, please go to: https://crystalcove.org/event/historic-district-tour-2/2017-10-15/