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Authors on Architecture: Gonzalez on SoCal Architects
SAH/SCC Lecture & Book Signing, Santa Monica
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Please join SAH/SCC for a look at the work of some of California’s forgotten architects with author Antonio Gonzalez, as he lectures on his recent book, Architects Who Built Southern California (The History Press, 2019). The event takes place at Santa Monica Central Library

In the early 1900s, the population of Southern California exploded and the cities grew at such a rapid pace that builders could hardly keep up. Well researched and well illustrated, the book shines a light on the people behind some of Southern California’s most iconic buildings.

Gonzalez takes readers on a fanciful tour of the works of 10 architects—some more noted (John Austin, FAIA, Albert C. Martin, Meyer & Holler, Julia Morgan, FAIA, and Morgan, Walls & Clements) and some not as much (Harrison Albright, Claud Beelman, Elmer Grey, FAIA, Hudson & Munsell, and Alfred F. Rosenheim).

Beelman, a man who never received a college degree, would go on to design the LA Elks Lodge (Curlett & Beelman, 1924), among dozens of other commissions, including the Eastern Columbia Building (1929). Albright, who worked mostly in San Diego, contributed to LA with the Santa Fe Freight House (1906), now inhabited by SCI-Arc (Gary Paige Studios, 2001). Martin, architect of City Hall (1928) with John C. Austin and John Parkinson, founded an architecture firm that still bears his name more than 100 years later.

Gonzalez, who works at the Architecture and Fine Arts library at the University of Southern California, holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master’s in Library Science from San Jose State University. In addition to the presentation, books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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