As California’s Orange County morphed from citrus groves to suburbs in the midcentury, its innovative and popular designs epitomized California’s modern lifestyle of sun and seaside fun.
Now Orange County steps out of the shadow of neighboring Los Angeles to spotlight its unique Modern heritage. Architects like Lautner, Neutra, Schindler, Pereira, Jones, Gruen and Becket helped to shape its architecture by mixing everyday life with the spirit of the Endless Summer. And the County introduced a host of less famous but equally creative local architects that both newcomers and modern aficionados need to know.
This progressive architecture was matched by a recreational culture that nurtured surfing innovations by Hobie Alter, Surf Rock by Dick Dale, and revolutionary electric guitars by Leo Fender.
Orange County set the pace for the rest of the nation in the midcentury when it rapidly acquired a brand new infrastructure of creative housing tracts, master planned communities, civic centers, schools, shopping centers, churches, marinas, libraries and theme parks. Rudolph Schindler’s Lovell Beach House, Richard Neutra’s Garden Grove Community Church, William Pereira’s University of California Irvine and Joseph Eichler’s tract homes are only the tip of the surfboard: Orange County’s innovative culture continued into the 1980s with Phillip Johnson’s Crystal Cathedral and Michael Graves’ Postmodern San Juan Capistrano Library.
Architect/historian Alan Hess leads a panel exploring this little-known but surprising frontier for Modernists to explore today. A fundraiser supporting Preserve Orange County, the preservation advocacy organization, will be held Feb. 19, 2019. View Event
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 575 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Halliburton House, Laguna, Alexander Levy, architect (photo by Alan Hess). , Rawlings House, Balboa Island, John Lautner, architect (photo by Alan Hess). , Lovell Beach House, Newport Beach, R. M. Schindler, architect (photo by Alan Hess)., Stuft Shirt Restaurant, Newport Beach, Ladd & Kelsey, architects (photo by Alan Hess)., Eichler Homes, Orange, Anshen and Allen, architects (photo by Alan Hess).
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