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Richard Dorman, Architect: Desert Bel Air, Salton Sea and Beyond

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Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 575 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

$12, 9:00a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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Join us for for a look at midcentury modern architect Richard L. Dorman’s more than 20 little-known projects in the desert communities. Dorman brought his distinctive pavilion-plans and elegant design aesthetic to Desert Bel Air homes for developer Fillmore Crank and his actress/wife Beverly Garland in Palm Desert, the E.F. MacDonald Residence (1962) at Eldorado Country Club, and more. His structurally expressive design for the Salton Bay Yacht Club (1960) was a spatial tour-de-force that is now lost to the bulldozer.   

Dorman’s love of the seven-foot module in plan was perfectly matched with the expansive vistas of the desert. Dorman, a graduate of the USC School of Architecture, was featured on the cover of Time magazine as one of the “Take Over Generation,” postwar professionals dedicated to remaking the world. He was published extensively in Arts + Architecture and Esther McCoy spied his talent when she featured him in her 1961 article “Young Architects in the United States.” In 1968, Dorman was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA for his contribution to design. Dorman’s risk-taking approach to life and architecture are evident in the more than 300 projects throughout Southern California. This talk will feature never-before-seen images of Dorman’s work.   

Sian Winship is President of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter. She has designed and led architectural tours for the organization for more than twenty years. She earned a Masters in Historic Preservation from USC in 2011. She is currently working on a book, An Audacious Modernism: The Legacy of Richard L. Dorman.


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This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week

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Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 575 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Desert Bel Air (1963). Courtesy of Grant Dorman., E.F. MacDonald Residence (1962). Courtesy of Grant Dorman., Salton Bay Yacht Club (1960). Courtesy of Grant Dorman., Salton Bay Yacht Club (1959-60). Courtesy of Grant Dorman.


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