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California Craft: West Coast Modern & Frank Lloyd Wright

February 6-9, 2015


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From the stark, expansive beauty of the desert to the sparkling vistas of the Pacific, the dramatic landscape of Southern California has long been a source of inspiration for architects, designers and artists.

Attracted by the promise of new clients and a new environment in which to practice, Frank Lloyd Wright was drawn to the region in the teens and 1920s. With a climate and topography far different from the Midwest Prairie, Wright approached his work with renewed vigor, creating some of his most innovative and expressive buildings. Beginning with the remarkable Hollyhock house (1919-21), for the oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, through the striking textile block houses, Wright’s California commissions were conceived in harmony with the bright sunshine and emerging modern lifestyle of Los Angeles.

Travel with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and experience Wright’s architectural genius first hand, on a winter getaway to sunny southern California. On this 3-night, 4-day journey, visit Wright’s Hollyhock, Freeman, and Ennis houses; explore iconic craftsman homes by Wright’s early contemporaries, Greene and Greene; visit the Home and Studio of Wright’s apprentice, R. M. Schindler, whose ecologically responsive buildings expanded upon Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture; and consider how other architectural luminaries, such as Frank Gehry and I. M. Pei have responded to the unique environment of Los Angeles. From your base in Pasadena, enjoy in-depth, special access and private, curator-led tours with the Trust as we explore the architecture that defined California Modern in the early 20th century.

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