We’re excited to announce Pacific Union International and Compass are hosting the return of the widely popular Architecture + Design Lecture Series, hosted by realtor and noted architectural author Bret Parsons, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at Pacific Design Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A+D Lecture No. 42, the first of the relaunched series established in 2011, will feature television producer, author and historian Stephen Gee, who recently released Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon.
At this open-to-the-public event, Gee will discuss his dynamic new book, which chronicles the development of Los Angeles and the history of Los Angeles City Hall, one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Designed by three of California’s most accomplished architects—John Parkinson, A.C. Martin and John C. Austin—the story of city hall captures the history created by this trio and is a bold statement about the city’s ambition.
Gee will take the audience through the dramatic saga of the building’s creation, including the battles that ensued as it rose to its full 28 stories in a city in which the law allowed fewer than half that number.
“So much history has been made beneath these muraled ceilings,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “So many people have walked these marble floors and transformed our city with their ideas, energy and passion. And that work continues today.”
Gee’s book showcases the architecture, artwork and details that define City Hall in more than 200 lavish images, blueprints and drawings—many of which have never been published. Gee also chronicles the recent effort to restore the building and the political fight that preceded its return to glory.
Be among the first to welcome back this lecture series and learn first-hand from Gee about Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon, the most detailed study of the building ever undertaken.
Details about the event:
Pacific Design Center
Silver Screen Theatre, 2nd Floor, Center Green
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Monday, September 24th
Mention Pacific Union or Compass for
preferred $10 pricing
Space is limited. Kindly RSVP by September 19th to reserve your seat.
Books will be available for sale and signing. Click here to RSVP
More about Stephen Gee
Stephen Gee is a writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. A graduate of City, University of London, he began his career as a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, England. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1995. He is the author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles (Angel City Press), and co-author with Arnold Schwartzman of Los Angeles Central Library: A History of its Art and Architecture (Angel City Press), which won the 2015 Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture and Photography, presented by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association.