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Built for oil company executive John (Jack) W. Norton, the Norton House’s colors and materials blend with its natural surroundings -- part of the architects’ beliefs that there should be no strict divisions between interior and exterior spaces.
Built for oil company executive John (Jack) W. Norton, the Norton House’s colors and materials blend with its natural surroundings -- part of the architects’ beliefs that there should be no strict divisions between interior and exterior spaces.

A couple Saturdays ago, I spent the day touring some truly amazing Modern-era homes in Pasadena, Calif., all dating from 1950 to 1983. In a city renowned for its unparalleled collection of early-20th-century Craftsman bungalows, it was exciting to see an equally important, if less celebrated, side of Pasadena’s architectural legacy.

After all, a number of big names in Modern architecture made their mark on Los Angeles in the early- and mid-20th century, including Richard Neutra, Rudolph M. Schindler, and Gregory Ain. And the contributions of these Modernists to Pasadena had a distinctly Southern California feel: light, natural materials; rich landscaping focusing on native plants; and lots and lots of windows and glass paneling to elegantly blend the indoors and out, making full use of the endless sunshine.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Getty Initiative Explores Los Angeles’ Architectural History

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

LAX Theme building at night. Credit: Thomas Hawk, Flickr
LAX Theme building at night

Every now and then, when I tell someone I live in Los Angeles and work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I’ll get a perplexing response: “What’s historic in Los Angeles? What is there to preserve?”

Where to begin?

For the next couple months, I will point any skeptics I meet to the current Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

Following on the heels of the expansive Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, the 2011-12 Getty initiative that examined the birth of the city’s art scene, this latest collaborative event is slightly smaller in scope, with 11 exhibitions at nine different venues throughout the region, plus an array of programming and events hosted by leading cultural institutions, including biking, driving, and walking tours; lectures and panel discussions; performances; films; and more.

And all to celebrate Southern California’s modern architectural heritage.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

 

Residence of Hon. John Goetz Jr. c. 1890. Credit: Save Clifton Heights
Residence of Hon. John Goetz Jr., c. 1890

A 19th-century mansion in Cincinnati’s Clifton Heights neighborhood faces possible demolition, and local residents and university students have banded together in an effort to save it.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Hurricane-Battered Church Still in Need of Repairs

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church, Edenton, Chowan County. Credit: B. Garrett, "Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church, Edenton, Chowan County," State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Built Heritage of North Carolina: Historic Architecture in the Old North State, North Carolina State University, Libraries, Special Collections Research Center
Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church, Edenton, Chowan County. Credit: B. Garrett, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Built Heritage of North Carolina: Historic Architecture in the Old North State, North Carolina State University, Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

Hurricane Isabel ravaged the East Coast nearly a decade ago, and in Edenton, N.C., its effects are still seen at the Kadesh African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Spanning an entire block on East Gale Street, the church complex sustained such significant damage from the 2003 storm that it was deemed unsafe for parishioners to continue worshiping there.

“Now it’s just kind of sitting there, an empty shell,” says Sam Dixon, a local attorney and an adviser to the National Trust who has long been rallying for the restoration of the church.

Congregants moved to another venue across town, but as Dixon says, “They’re ready to go home.”... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Uncertain Future (and Contentious Past) for Kansas City Church

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

Elevation from street level of St. John the Divine Church in Kansas City, Kan. Credit: Daniel Serda
Elevation from street level of St. John the Divine Church in Kansas City, Kan.

Once the center of the Mexican-American Catholic community in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan., today, St. John the Divine Catholic Church faces possible demolition.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.