Architectural historian Volker M. Welter brings to light the extraordinary patronage of modern architecture that the Tremaine family sustained for nearly four decades in the mid-twentieth century. From the late 1930s to the early 1970s, two brothers, Burton G. Tremaine and Warren D. Tremaine, and their wives, Emily Hall Tremaine and Katharine Williams Tremaine, respectively, commissioned approximately 33 architecture and design projects across the USA and abroad. Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer designed the best-known Tremaine houses. Philip Johnson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Cliff May, Lutah Maria Riggs, and many other architects created many more designs and buildings for the family, for sites as varied as Southern California, Arizona, Connecticut, and Ireland.
The talk will present the histories of selected Tremaine houses, focusing on the stories of the clients who commissioned many projects that achieved iconic status in the modern movement. Without the Tremaines, the designs and buildings would not have come about, and American architectural history, accordingly, would have been deprived of some of its best midcentury modern architecture. Volker M. Welter PhD is a professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
The stairs to the entrance of the Annenberg Theater are located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s North Parking Lot.
There is ample free public parking in the city-owned garage directly across from the museum’s north parking lot.
Handicap parking is available., This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Book Cover Image, Published by Getty Research Institute, 2019, Tremaine Residence, Montecito, CA (1948) Julius Shulman, Photographer © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), A model of Oscar Niemeyer’s unbuilt Burton G. Tremaine, Sr. Home in Santa Barbara, California By Rolando Figueiredo, Archilogic, Tremaine Residence, Montecito, CA (1948) Julius Shulman, Photographer © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine, Museum of Modern Art © 2019 Burle Marx & Cia.Ltda.
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