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Behind-the-Scenes: Tremaine Patronage
SAH/SCC On-Site Tour, Santa Barbara
Saturday, November 20, 2021

Join SAH/SCC on our second post-pandemic on-site event to get an insider’s look at the exhibition “From Riggs to Neutra and Niemeyer: Tremaine Houses, 1936–1977” at the AD&A Museum at UC Santa Barbara. Our tour guide will be the exhibition curator, SAH/SCC Life Member Volker M. Welter. who is also the author of Tremaine Houses: One Family’s Patronage of Domestic Architecture in Midcentury America (Getty Research Institute, 2019). The show and book are a fascinating exploration of one family’s involvement in a range of modern architecture and design projects.

Two brothers, Burton G. Tremaine and Warren D. Tremaine—and their respective wives, Emily and Katharine—commissioned architects such as Richard Neutra, FAIA, and Oscar Niemeyer, Hon. FAIA, along with other noted practitioners, to design some 30 projects. Through lavish visuals, the show offers the first peek into their architectural legacy. From the famed Tremaine Residence (Neutra, 1948) in Montecito, to the Meteor Crater Visitor Center (Phillip Johnson, FAIA, 1956) in Arizona, the family’s motivations and ideas about architecture and art are explored.

Welter is a professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Event includes museum admission and tour; transportation and lunch are on your own.

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