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THE ROOTS OF CALIFORNIA MODERN
Early Frank Lloyd Wright, Dutch Modernists,
and Richard Neutra’s California Modern

An illustrated talk by Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra, the youngest son of distinguished Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7 pm
Canterbury Woods Auditorium
651 Sinex Avenue near Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, California

FREE for current AMAP members and residents of Canterbury Woods.

All others, $15 at the door; includes a 2017 AMAP membership! For further information or Press inquiries, please contact Nancy Runyon, Tel. 831.649.8132 or E-mail nancy@nancyrunyon.com.

About the Talk:

Born and educated in Vienna, Austria, Richard Neutra (1892-1970) came to the United States in 1923 to learn from American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947) as well as architects Louis Sullivan (1856-1924, the “Father of Skyscrapers”) and Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959, the founder of “organic architecture” and a leader of the Prairie School architectural movement).

In 1930 Richard Neutra gave a series of lectures in The Netherlands where he was introduced to Dutch Modernists who had also been inspired by Wright’s distinctive design philosophy. As a result of this tour, Neutra reoriented himself toward the principles of Wright’s early Prairie style houses that utilized industrial assemblage.

Neutra also earned himself the patronage of Dutch manufacturer Hendrik Cornelis “Cees” van der Leeuw (1890-1973), a philanthropist with a keen interest in modern architecture. A subsequent nointerest loan from Cees in 1932 allowed Neutra and his son/design partner Dion Neutra to build a radical “glass house” with rooftop and balcony gardens on Silver Lake Boulevard in Los Angeles. Named the VDL Research House after its benefactor, this Studio/Residences accommodated Neutra’s office as well as living spaces for two families on a 60x70 foot lot.

Over the next thirty years hundreds of architectural projects, both public and private, were designed at VDL Research House for construction on four continents. Through the experimenting and networking that VDL Research House facilitated, dozens of major 20th century architects and artists were launched, nurtured, and/or hosted here including such figures as Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano, Donald Wexler, Harwell Harris, Julius Schulman, Lazlo Moholy Nagy, and Charles and Ray Eames. The design works that Richard Neutra conceived in this intense hothouse atmosphere comprise the foundation of California Modern, a unique style with international influence that remains highly prized.

About the Speaker:

Born in Los Angeles in 1939, Raymond Richard Neutra received his Bachelors degree from Pomona College in 1961; his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a tenured Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA Medical School and the School of Public Health and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health. In 2007 Raymond Neutra retired as Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control after 27 years with the California Department of Public Health. He has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects in the medical field in addition to talks on early modernism in Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Vienna, Madrid, Morelia, Mexico, and New York.

 

ART DECO AND MODERNE IN SALINAS

In 1924, Salinas had the highest per capita income of any city in the United States. During the growing seasons of the Great Depression, the volume of telephone and telegraph transmissions originating in Salinas was greater than that of San Francisco. This activity was reflected in a burst of building construction, many employing the streamlined shapes and organic patterns of Art Deco or Art Moderne. Many examples remain, including the National Register-listed Monterey County Courthouse and the Salinas Californian newspaper building.

Photographs of these and many other structures can be seen in their brochure which includes a street map of downtown identifying their locations. Several other notable structures are also highlighted, including the Victorian house where John Steinbeck was born.

Link to Brochure

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