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Modern Patrons: Neutra in Shoshone
Tour and Talk
Saturday, March 21, 2009

SAH/SCC\'s Modern Patrons program resumes on Saturday, March 21st, with a very special trip to Shoshone to visit the Richard Neutra-designed Sorrells residence, 1956-57. Situated about 2-1/2 hours northeast of Los Angeles, just outside of Baker on the way to Las Vegas, this very special event will take place from 11AM to 1PM and is limited to Patron and Life members only. Upgrade your membership now to assure your spot; see reservation form on Back Page.

As distinguished author and former SAH/SCC Executive Board Member Barbara Lamprecht writes in her book Neutra: the Complete Works: \"...Neutra appeared to be fascinated by the primeval solitude\' of the house in the colossally spacious Inyo County, a region of fantastic contrast, where many a wanderer lost his life far from human help\'\". The Sorrells owned and operated a general merchandise store, gas station. and cafe in Shoshone, a town that serves as one of the primary entrances to the famous Death Valley. In this barrens ometimes surreal scene, the walls of the house run out freely into the landscape. Planes and lines are stretched, partly in response to the fierce dusty winds, and create a strong composition whose verticals and horizontals are effectively interwoven. Like some other Neutra houses, this was to be a \"three-generation house\", according to Lamprecht.

We will have the opportunity to spend the late morning enjoying the house and learning firsthand from the daughter of Maury and Bernice Sorrells, about her experiences growing up in the house and environs and about her remembrances of Neutra and his wife Dione, who came to visit the family often.

Join us for another fascinating experience in a compelling environment for architectural exploration. Tickets are $10 each for Patron and Life members and reservations are required. Please note that space is limited but will be opened up to the general membership, should the opportunity arise, on a first-come first-served basis.

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