Enjoy an elegant sunset cocktail and hors d'oeuvres party at a landmark 1961 Vista Las Palmas residence, designed by Hal Levitt, and support Preserve Orange County’s preservation effort to save the iconic former Stuft Shirt restaurant building, and nominate it to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Stuft Shirt, designed in 1961 by Ladd & Kelsey (architects of Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum and the LaVerne Methodist Church featured in the final scene of The Graduate), is a buoyant thin-shell concrete structure that captures the pleasures of Southern California Midcentury living. Poetically evoking the sailboats on the harbor it overlooks, now housing a boutique, it is currently threatened by new development.
Joan and Gary Gand host the event in their stylish and art filled midcentury modern residence, complete with sunken living room and its adjacent swim-up bar. Known as the Morse Residence, it has been fully restored by the Gands and is now a designated Palm Springs Class One Historic Site.
Famed artist Shag (Josh Agle), himself an Orange County resident, has designed a signed and limited edition numbered print of the Stuft Shirt for each supporter attending. Shag also has donated a signed print, ‘The Imposter’ depicting a fanciful cocktail party in the very same 1961 residence, to be auctioned.
Preserve Orange County, a non-profit advocacy group, campaigns for the built heritage in this important region and has been active in preserving Armét and Davis’ Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Garden Grove, and William Pereira’s Hunt Library in Fullerton, while keeping an eye on internationally famous modern designs by Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, William Pereira, and Michael Graves.
All revenue benefits Preserve Orange County. Presented in conjunction with the February 17, 2020 presentation at the CAMP theater Beyond the Orange Curtain: Modern Life, Work and Play in Orange County.
Things to Know
This event is for ages 21 and older.
There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
The organizer of this event is Preserve Orange County.
Event Check-in Location
Event location printed on ticket.
Photo Credits: Paul Davis Architects, Illustration from Ford Times Magazine, April 1963, Shag/Josh Agle “The Imposters’ 2018 Gand Residence, Gand Residence/Dan Chavkin, Photographer, Gand Residence/Bob Coscarelli, photographer
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