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Casing the Case Study Houses

The Case Study House program promoted between 1946 and 1965 represents the essence of Southern California Modernism. It promised a Modern utopia. Alan Hess explores if it has lived up to its promise. $12 (1 hr)


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In the eyes of the world the Case Study House program that Arts + Architecture magazine promoted between 1946 and 1965 is the quintessential example of Southern California Modernism. More than a collection of beautiful home designs, it was California’s bold proclamation of how families should live in the modern era, how buildings could be built efficiently using the latest technology, and how the advantages of good Modern design could be affordable to the average family. It promised a Modern utopia. Has it lived up to its promise? Architect Alan Hess will look back at how the Case Study program evolved and what it’s impact is today.

Alan Hess is an architect, an architecture critic since 1986 for the San Jose Mercury News, a sought after lecturer and the author and/or co-author of twenty books exploring overlooked chapters in 20th century architecture. He is responsible for qualifying several landmark buildings for the National Register of Historic Places, including the oldest operating McDonald's in Downey, Stuart Company Plant and Office Building and Bullock's Pasadena in Pasadena, and the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This event qualifies for AIA CES Learning Units.

$12

Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.



The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

 

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Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Case Study House No. 21 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1958, Julius Shulman, photographer.  Pierre Koenig, architect. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10);  Case Study House No. 22 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1960 Julius Shulman, photographer. Pierre Koenig, architect. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10); Case Study House No. 3 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1949 Julius Shulman, photographer, Wurster and Bernardi, architects. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10); Early architectural illustration c 1950 of Case Study House #9. Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, architects. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10); Case Study House No. 20, (Altadena, Calif.), 1958 Julius Shulman, photographer, Buff, Straub and Hensman, architects © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10); Case Study House No. 9 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1950 Julius Shulman, photographer; Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, architects. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

 

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