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Los Angeles Conservancy

Tour – Venice Eclectic: Modern Architecture from the 1970s and ’80s

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Various Sites in Venice

Venice, CA

This one-day-only architectural tour will explore how affordable land, a culture of creativity, and an open-minded community made Venice of the 1970s and ’80s the right place and time for experimental young architects to cut their teeth on new designs using unorthodox materials in limited spaces. The result is an impressive collection of surprising, whimsical, and innovative modern structures by architectural greats such as Steven Ehrlich, Frederick Fisher, Frank Gehry, Frank Israel, and many others.  Specific tour sites include (subject to change):

• Arnoldi Triplex (Frank O. Gehry and Associates, 1981) – Designed for Gehry’s artist friend Chuck Arnoldi, these three buildings are a deconstruction of the modern box.

• Bright and Associates Building (Franklin D. Israel Design Associates, 1990) – The working studio of Charles and Ray Eames for over 40 years, this building underwent a remodel by Frank Israel that created new spaces and introduced the concept of an interior “street.”

• Windward Circle (Steven Ehrlich Architects, 1987-1989) – Three postmodern structures pay homage to Venice’s early history while bringing new energy to the heart of the community.

• Ed Moses Studio (Steven Ehrlich Architects, 1987) – In a supreme example of the collaboration between art and architecture, Ed Moses and Steven Ehrlich worked together to transform a small garage into a light-filled and award-winning studio.

Tickets: $35 general public; $30 L.A. Conservancy members; $15 students; $10 children 12 and under.