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Authors on Architecture: Universal vs. Disney
SAH/SCC Co-Sponsored Lecture & Book Signing
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Co-sponsors SAH/SCC and Glendale Library, Arts, and Culture are pleased to present author and Disney historian Sam Gennawey talking about his recent book Universal vs. Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks’ Greatest Rivalry (Unofficial Guides, 2014). Gennaway will talk about the processes, personalities, and politics behind some of America’s greatest theme parks.

Gennawey is a senior associate at the Pasadena-based planning firm Katherine Padilla & Associates. He is also the author of The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream (Unofficial Guides, 2013) and Walt and the Promise of Progress City (Theme Park Press, 2014). He was a contributor to Planning Los Angeles (APA Planners Press, 2012), and is a columnist for MiceChat.com. His point of view, built on his passion for history, his professional training as an urban planner, and his obsession with theme parks, has brought speaking invitations from Walt Disney Imagineering, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Disney Creative, American Planning Association, California Preservation Foundation, and League of California Cities.

Glendale’s Brand Library & Art Center was designed by Nathaniel Dryden in 1904. Modeled after the East Indian pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, this exotic—now iconic—landmark is one of the more fascinating structures in Southern California. It was recently restored by Debra Gerod, FAIA, Partner at Gruen Associates, in close collaboration with preservation architect Fran Offenhauser, Principal of Offenhauser/Mekeel Architects.

After the presentation at the Brand Library, the book will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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